Leadership Standards

Education news, analysis, and opinion about the metrics used to judge the job performance of school and district leaders
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States States Can Wield Huge Influence Over Principal Quality. Are They Using It?
A new report identifies policy levers states already have at their disposal to better prepare principals for their jobs.
Denisa R. Superville, November 30, 2020
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Principal Alethea Bustillo joins a 3rd grade class with students Lindsey Lazo Argueta, at left, and Yancy Gomez-Argueta at Bruce Monroe Elementary School in Washington.
Principal Alethea Bustillo joins a 3rd grade class with students Lindsey Lazo Argueta, at left, and Yancy Gomez-Argueta at Bruce Monroe Elementary School in Washington.
Photo by Alyssa Schukar for Education Week
School & District Management 6 Districts Invested in Principals and Saw Dramatic Gains. Dozens More Will Try to Do the Same
Reading and math scores rose dramatically in districts that focused heavily on improving the ranks of principals. Now an effort is under way to replicate that success in nearly 100 other school districts around the country.
Denisa R. Superville, February 11, 2020
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School & District Management New Principal Standards Catch On
A national set of revised professional goals for school principals are pushing some states and universities to rethink and redesign preparation.
Denisa R. Superville, January 24, 2017
9 min read
School & District Management Standards for Principal Supervisors Bring Sharper Focus to Role
K-12 leaders hope new professional guidelines will bolster efforts to redefine the job of overseeing principals.
Denisa R. Superville, January 5, 2016
5 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Final Professional Standards For Leaders Unveiled
The Council of Chief State School Officers has released the long-awaited set of professional standards for educational leaders.
Denisa R. Superville, December 8, 2015
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School & District Management First-Ever Professional Standards for Principal Supervisors Released
The first-of-their-kind professional standards for administrators who manage principals are meant to steer their roles to ones of robust support for school principals.
Denisa R. Superville, December 7, 2015
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School & District Management New Professional Standards For Educational Leaders Are Released
New professional standards for educational leaders, formerly known as the ISLLC standards, stress principals' role in hiring, developing rigorous curriculum, promoting equity, and managing school operations.
Denisa R. Superville, November 24, 2015
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School & District Management News in Brief New Professional Standards Approved for School Leaders
After more than a year of deliberations, a set of professional standards for school leaders has been approved by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration.
Denisa R. Superville, November 3, 2015
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School & District Management New Professional Standards For School Leaders Are Approved
The National Policy Board for Educational Administration approved new standards for school leaders after a lengthy revision process.
Denisa R. Superville, October 23, 2015
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School & District Management News in Brief Standards for School Leaders Moving Toward Final Review
The standards are used to set benchmarks for what principals should know and be able to do to lead students and teachers.
Denisa R. Superville, September 15, 2015
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School & District Management School-Leaders' Standards Moving Toward Final Review
A 13-member panel of principals and education leadership experts will review the standards this month before sending them to the National Policy Board for Educational Administration.
Denisa R. Superville, September 8, 2015
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School & District Management School-Leader Standards to Get More Revision
Amid sharp criticism, a key set of professional standards for the nation's school leaders will now explicitly address equity, social justice, and ethical behaviors.
Denisa R. Superville, June 10, 2015
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School & District Management Time is Running Out to Comment on Disputed New School Leader Standards
There is dissent in the education leadership community on whether the standards fully capture the principal's role, particularly in addressing issues of social justice and equity in schools.
Denisa R. Superville, May 29, 2015
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School & District Management New School Leaders' Standards Emphasize Instruction, Culture and Managing Talent
The draft policy standards, which were released on Monday for a second round of public comment, apply to school leaders, including principals, teacher-leaders and superintendents.
Denisa R. Superville, May 11, 2015
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