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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

  • 2008 ISLLC Standards:  Click Here
  • CCSSO Performance Expectations and Indicators for School Leaders: Click Here
  • Teacher Leadership Standards: Click Here

Revised Draft ISLLC Standards for School Leaders

In June 2014, CCSSO partnered with the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) to refresh the ISLLC Standards for school leaders. These standards are important because they detail the knowledge and skills effective district and school leaders need in order to build teams of teachers and leaders who improve student learning and lead to student success. These standards have not been updated since 2008, and many things have changed in the public education system since then.

Over the past year, CCSSO has conducted two public comment periods and met with many focus groups of stakeholders to gather feedback and input. CCSSO hopes to present the final standards to the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) in Fall 2015 for approval. This summer, we are working closely with members of NPBEA this summer to review the comments received from the most recent public comment period in May. In addition, a group will be created to specifically address concerns raised in the public comment period and recommend the final leadership standards. We expect this group to meet in August and September. We will continue to post updates on this website throughout the process. 

  • Click here to download the 2015 draft of the Revised Draft ISLLC Standards for School Leaders.

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:Naz  Rajputnazr@ccsso.org202-336-7018