(Adopted by NPBEA in December 2011)
The importance of clearly defining what successful learning or performance looks like has become increasingly evident during the past decade. Without a doubt, the better one understands what excellence looks like, the greater one’s chances are for achieving – or surpassing – that standard. Ensuring effective school and district leadership begins with the following questions:
- What do our P-12 student need to know, understand, and do?
- What do our teachers and related staff need to know, understand, and do to increase student learning?
- What do our school and district leaders need to know, understand, and do to support teachers and building-level personnel to increase student learning?
Effective use of leadership preparation standards requires multiple, high integrated and highly interdependent variables and assessments. The foundation of accountability is educators’ understanding of the learning standards and a deep understanding of what mastery looks like. The potential value of analyzing and disaggregating student performance data is only as good as one’s understanding of the learning that data represents. Furthermore, while we yearn to assume alignment among standards, assessment, and instruction – in addition to policy, programs, and courses – its tremendous importance and potential impact demand ongoing attention. School and district leadership are no exception.
With the approval of the Educational Leadership Policy Standards: ISLLC 2008 (Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium), the NPBEA developed a set of Educational Leadership Program Recognition Standards for school building leadership preparation programs and another set for district leadership preparation programs. These standards have been recognized by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) which became the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in the review and accreditation of leadership preparation programs at colleges and universities.
NPBEA’s Educational Leadership Program Recognition Standards