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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

CCSSO and NPBEA Announce Working Group to Finalize Refreshed Standards for Education Leaders

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

Washington, D.C. (September 8, 2015) -- A working group of education professionals has been formed to finalize refreshed standards for education leaders, which aim to ensure district and school leaders are able to improve student achievement and meet new, higher expectations.

The 13-person working group was established after two public comment periods and months of feedback and input from stakeholders. The working group is comprised of faculty and association leaders who were involved in the standards work over the past 18 months, as well as nationally recognized principals. 

The working group will meet September 24-25 at the headquarters of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) in Reston, Virginia, to consider both the concerns raised in the most recent public comment period, as well as the overwhelming areas of consensus, and recommend final leadership standards to the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA). The progress of the working group will be shared with the policy board, to be sure the policy board understands the rationale behind each of the recommendations.

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) joined NPBEA in 2014 to lead an effort to refresh the standards. The refreshed standards will reflect research-based evidence and experience gained since the last update of the standards in 2008, as well as insights from education leaders on what good practice looks like today. The standards detail the leadership skills and knowledge effective district and school leaders need in order to influence teaching and student learning.

The 2014 and 2015 draft versions of the updated ISLLC standards for school leaders developed by previous committees were circulated for public comment; this work and comments will form the basis for the final recommendations.

"The ISLLC standards are widely regarded as the touchstone for high-quality and relevant principal development," said JoAnn Bartoletti, National Association of Secondary School Principals executive director and NPBEA chair. "I enthusiastically look forward to NPBEA's collaboration with CCSSO to craft and formally adopt this fall a revised set of standards that both reflect the challenges of contemporary school leadership and encourage leaders to transcend those challenges," Bartoletti said.

"This work is important, and CCSSO, as a member of NPBEA, is determined to support this effort by taking the time and care necessary to get it right," said Mary-Dean Barringer, Strategic Initiative Director for Education Workforce at CCSSO. "We look forward to assisting the working group as it considers the valuable feedback and forms final recommendations, and to supporting the co-chairs when they present the work to the NPBEA in October."

Beverly Hutton, deputy executive director, Programs/Services at NASSP, and Mark Smylie, professor emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago, visiting professor of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, are co-chairing the working group.

They, along with the majority of the working group members, were involved in the work informing drafts of the standards. The complete committee includes:

James Berry, professor, Educational Leadership, Eastern Michigan University

Andy Cole, independent consultant, Virginia

Sydnee Dickson, deputy superintendent, Utah State Office of Education

Jayne Ellspermann, 2015 National Principal of the Year, West Port High School, Ocala, Florida

Robyn Conrad Hansen, principal of Playa Del Rey Elementary School in Arizona, president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

Margaret Terry Orr, Future School Leaders Academy, Bank Street College of Education, New York

Cortney Rowland, Senior Technical Assistance Consultant, American Institutes for Research

Kiela Snider, principal, Desert Springs Middle School, Desert Hot Springs, CA

David Volrath, teacher/principal evaluation, Maryland State Department of Education

Jacquelyn Wilson, assistant professor in the School of Education, University of Delaware  

Michelle Young, executive director of the University Council for Educational Administration, University of Virginia

The Wallace Foundation gave grants to CCSSO totaling $1 million over two years to fund a large part of the leadership standards work.

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.