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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 State Consortium on Educator Effectiveness (SCEE), our long-term partnership with The Wallace Foundation, and the Center for Great Teachers and Leaders (formerly the TQ Center), we are re-conceptualizing the ways school leaders who directly impact teaching and learning are prepared, recruited, inducted into the profession, developed, evaluated, and supported.  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

Leadership Standards

  • 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 (formerly ISLLC).
  • Click here to download the final 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (formerly ISLLC).

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. 

Effective Leadership - Key Leadership Research and Reports

Investigating the Links to Improved Student Learning

The Making of the Principal: Five Lessons in Leadership Training 

The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching

 "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

Contact:David  Hendriedavid.hendrie@ccsso.org202-336-6423