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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Public Comment Period Opens for National Educational Leadership Preparation Standards

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

Washington, D.C. (May 10, 2016) - Beginning this week, the public is invited to comment on two new sets of standards for building and district leaders to ensure they have greater specificity around performance expectations.

The standards, named the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards, were spearheaded by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) to provide guidance around education leader preparation - particularly program design, accreditation review and state program approval. 

These standards were developed by a committee comprised of educators from across the country. The NELP standards are aligned to the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders that detail the skills expected of school leaders; however the NELP standards provide greater guidance to novice and developing leaders. 

Two sets of standards were created to provide more specific guidance based upon whether individuals are preparing for a principalship or a superintendency. 

Unlike the previous standards, the NELP standards were expanded to include a standard for ethics and professional norms, equity and cultural leadership and community leadership and engagement.

In writing the NELP standards, the committee consulted research on preparation and practice, as well as school and district leaders, state education officials, researchers, higher-education leaders and faculty and other policy-oriented constituents.

The public is urged to review the standards for both building and district leaders and to participate in the comment period, which will be open through May 22.

More information on the NELP standards and public comment period can be found on the University Council for Educational Administration website.

The final standards are expected to be available in fall 2016.


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.