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Professional Standards for Educational Leaders Now Housed at NPBEA

The National Policy Board for Education Administration (NPBEA) has officially assumed leadership for the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) 2015, a revision of the former Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards. The standards were formerly owned by the Council of Chief State School Officers, which worked with NPBEA to update the document last year with extensive public input.

"Leaders in higher education and principals at all levels of the K-12 continuum engaged in a thoughtful, deliberative process based on the reality of the contemporary principal’s work," said JoAnn Bartoletti, NPBEA president and executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. "Our consensus is that the new standards are aspirational, reflect the complexity of school leadership, and filter the principal’s work through a lens of student-centered practice. They recognize the importance of cultural responsiveness in the context of a role that addresses the needs of each student."​

In January, NPBEA leaders held a webinar to introduce the new standards and discuss their implications for programs and states. (View a recording of the webinar here and download a PDF version of the PowerPoint slides here.) Next, the organization plans to work with preparation programs, school districts, and states to advocate for the adoption of the new standards.

NPBEA is a national consortium of major organizations interested in the advancement of school and school-system leadership.  Member organizations include AACTE, the School Superintendents Association (AASA), the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA), and the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).


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Kristin McCabe

Editor, AACTE

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