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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

CCSSO, CEEDAR Release Guidance for Principals to Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

Washington, D.C. (January 25, 2017) - The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) Center today released PSEL 2015 and Promoting Principal Leadership for the Success of Students with Disabilities, which outlines key steps every state can take to ensure all school principals are prepared to create and lead learning environments that meet the needs of struggling learners with a particular focus on students with disabilities.

"School leaders play a critical role in making sure our public schools meet the needs of every child," said Chris Minnich, executive director of CCSSO. "Through PSEL 2015 and Promoting Principal Leadership for the Success of Students with Disabilities, state chiefs can work to ensure every principal has the skills and abilities necessary to help all diverse learners be successful, particularly students with disabilities."

The National Policy Board for Educational Administration unanimously approved 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) in October 2015. Formerly known as ISLLC standards, the PSEL standards aim to ensure district and school leaders are able to improve student achievement and meet new, higher expectations.

After the publication of these standards, CCSSO worked with CEEDAR to create PSEL 2015 and Promoting Principal Leadership for the Success of Students with Disabilities, a complementary guidance document that states can use to ensure all school leaders - whether in preparation programs or current practice - have the skills and abilities they need to help each child succeed.

CEEDAR Director Mary Brownell said, "Knowledgeable and skilled school leaders are a key ingredient in developing effective, inclusive school environments for students with disabilities. This document provides state education agencies with essential guidance about the additional knowledge and skills that must be addressed in state policies and practices to ensure that school leaders can achieve those aspects of the PSEL standards that are particularly important for providing effective educational services in inclusive schools."

PSEL 2015 and Promoting Principal Leadership for the Success of Students with Disabilities highlights the aspects of leadership practice in the PSEL 2015 standards along with key competencies that are particularly important for supporting the success of students with disabilities. This document can serve as a tool to assist state education agencies to work with stakeholders in setting policies or launching programs to cultivate and promote these core practices and competencies to maximize success for struggling learners. It includes a broad range of actions states can take to strengthen leadership preparation that align with state actions from previous CCSSO reports, including Promises to Keep: Transforming Educator Preparation to Serve a Diverse Range of Learners and Our Responsibility, Our Promise: Transforming Educator Preparation and Entry to the Profession.

To create this guidance, CCSSO and CEEDAR convened a Principal Competencies Advisory Group in January 2016, comprised of principals, leaders from state education agencies and local education agencies, members of the higher education community, and representatives of professional associations serving educational leaders who were recommended by the CEEDAR leadership team.

For more information, download the PSEL 2015 and Promoting Principal Leadership for the Success of Students with Disabilities or read the User's Guide for this document.

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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.