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UCEA Plays a Key Role in the National Leadership Standards Refresh Effort

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) are leading an effort to refresh the standards to reflect research-based evidence and experience gained since the last update of the standards in 2008.  The standards detail the leadership skills and knowledge effective school leaders need in order to influence teaching and student learning. States, districts, schools and university and nonprofit leadership preparation programs use the standards to guide preparation, practice, support and evaluations for district and school leaders, including superintendents, principals, assistant principals, and teacher leaders. 

The responsibilities of principals and superintendents have changed significantly since the original leader standards were released in 1996, especially since the standards were last updated. State-level reform measures across the country have set higher expectations for student growth and achievement and place new demands on district and school leaders to ensure all students are learning. Principals in most states are implementing higher learning standards to prepare all students for college, careers and life. In addition, the federal Race to the Top program and Elementary and Secondary Education Act waivers place new emphasis on principal effectiveness. As a result, many states and districts are taking steps that demand a rethinking of education leadership, including implementing principal support, coaching and evaluations as well as clarifying and strengthening roles, such as that of principal supervisors and teacher leaders.

“The demands on school leaders have never been greater,” said Chris Minnich, executive director of CCSSO. “To meet these new challenges, talented principals are essential. We are refreshing the standards to help ensure school leaders have the knowledge and skills to improve teaching and student achievement. The standards foster a common understanding of what education leaders’ jobs entail.”

The refreshed standards will further clarify roles and responsibilities for educational leaders, guiding how they are prepared, what is expected in their daily work, how they will be supported, and on what they will be evaluated. The standards will be rooted in both research and effective practice highlighting the most important characteristics of education leaders, operating within today’s education context.

The Wallace Foundation, a national philanthropy that has supported research and work on improving educational leadership for more than a decade, gave grants totaling $1 million over two years to CCSSO to lead a large part of the leadership standards work. Several experts are serving as leaders on this project, including Cibulka, who also is president of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Joseph Murphy, the Frank W. Mayborn chair and associate dean for special projects at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, and Michelle Young, executive director of University Council for Educational Administration and professor of educational leadership at the University of Virginia, Curry School of Education. These experts are joined by more than 70 principals, superintendents, state education departments’ staff, and education professors to refresh the current ISLLC and NELP standards, including Curry professor and UCEA Associate Director, Pamela Tucker, and Curry doctoral students Amy Reynolds and Erin Anderson. 

Reader Comments (2)

CCSSO & NPBEA plays an important role in the development of education system and policy. We well known with the fact that due to lack of education sources and policies students are suffering from problems; therefore organization like CCSSO & NPBEA are providing good development policy and opportunities to schools to develop their education system. They are especially targeting school leaders like principle and others to develop their strategies.

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