Developing and Supporting School-Ready Leaders
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) believes that teachers and school leaders are key to implementing the changes we need in public education to ensure that students are engaged in learning at high levels and graduate from high school college- and career-ready. Through CCSSO's National and State Collaboration on Educator Effectiveness (NSCEE), our long-term partnership with The Wallace Foundation, and the Center for Great Teachers and Leaders, we are re-conceptualizing the ways school leaders who directly impact teaching and learning are attracted, prepared, developed and retained. CCSSO's goal is to assist states in creating and implementing aligned, coherent, and comprehensive state systems of educator effectiveness that are based on high standards of performance, are accountable for results, and support, develop and reward educators across the career continuum.
Since 2000, the Council of Chief State School Officers has worked in partnership with The Wallace Foundation on supporting the differentiated and shared roles, responsibilities, and authority that our education leaders play in the 21st century learning context and improving the system that supports this new and collaborative type of work.
Chief state school officers mobilize key stakeholders to implement effective strategies and conditions for leadership excellence in their communities and states. We believe engaging stakeholders at the state, district and school level is critical to ensuring sound policy development and effective implementation.
The generous funds from The Wallace Foundation have enabled CCSSO to:
- Work directly with a network of states and districts
- Provide technical assistance to states
- Lead a national consortium of organizations working in the area of education leadership
- Form strong learning communities with states, districts, and the research community
- Share the latest information in the field
- Connect this to our former ISLLC standards work an our teacher quality initiative
- 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (formerly ISLLC): Click here
- CCSSO Performance Expectations and Indicators for School Leaders: Click Here
- Teacher Leadership Standards: Click Here
2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (formerly ISLLC)
The National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) unanimously approved new, refreshed standards for educational leaders in October 2015. The final standards were released in November 2015. The 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, formerly known as ISLLC standards, aim to ensure district and school leaders are able to improve student achievement and meet new, higher expectations.
CCSSO worked closely with other members of NPBEA for more than a year to refresh the ISLLC standards, which were first published in 1996 and last updated in 2008. Since June 2014, the two groups have held two public comment periods, conducted numerous focus groups and established a 13-member working group to synthesize this feedback from the field and finalize the standards.
- Click here to download a summary of the 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders.
- Click here to download the final 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders.
- Click here to see an overview of the 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders.
- Download CCSSO's Communications Toolkit for 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders.
PSEL 2015 and Promoting Principal Leadership for the Success of Students with Disabilities
After the publication of the PSEL 2015, CCSSO worked with the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) Center 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.
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 and includes actions that states can take to strengthen leadership policy and practice.
- Click here to download the final guidance document PSEL 2015 and Promoting Principal Leadership for the Success of Students with Disabilities
- Click here to download the executive summary and user guide for PSEL 2015 and Promoting Principal Leadership for the Success of Students with Disabilities
2015 Model Principal Supervisor Professional Standards
CCSSO released new standards on December 7, 2015 that provide a clear, practical definition of what the supervisors of school principals should know and be able to do to improve the effectiveness of principals. With support from The Wallace Foundation, a team of educators from across the nation has spent more than a year developing these standards for a position long focused on bureaucratic compliance but now increasingly becoming critical to developing outstanding school principals who can improve teaching and learning.
The eight 2015 Model Principal Supervisor Professional Standards are the first-ever standards developed for supervisors of school principals and are voluntary. They are designed for state education agencies and local school districts to help recruit, select, support and evaluate supervisors of principals. States and districts likely will adapt them to local needs.
The standards are grounded in the refreshed standards for school leaders, known as the 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, which were finalized in November 2015.
- Click here to download the 2015 Model Principal Supervisor Professional Standards.
- Click here to see an Overview of the 2015 Model Principal Professional Standards.
- Download a fact sheet on the 2015 Model Principal Supervisor Professional Standards.
- Download CCSSO's Communications Toolkit for 2015 Model Principal Professional Standards.
Effective Leadership - Key Leadership Research and Reports
"Enhancing Capacity for Standards-based Leadership Evaluation: State and District Roles" - This report addresses important dimensions of the educational leadership career pipeline that ensure effective evaluation.
CCSSO's State Consortium on Educator Effectiveness (SCEE) engages cross-state action on key education workforce issues: Click Here
The Wallace Foundation's Knowledge Center contains more than 200 research reports on such topics as school leadership, expanded and summer learning, after school and arts education. They are available free of charge: Wallace Knowledge Center
The Center for Great Teachers and Leaders supports states in their efforts to ensure that students have access to great teachers and leaders: Click Here