National policy board
for educational Administration

"Our mission is to lead standards-based and research-informed policy, preparation, and practice for school and school system leaders."
Jackie Wilson

An Introduction

The National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) is a national alliance of major membership organizations committed to the advancement of school and school-system leadership. Member organizations represent the educational administration profession and collaborate to improve the preparation and practice of educational leaders at all levels.

New Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (PSEL)

The National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) has endorsed a new set of standards for school leaders and launched an advocacy campaign encouraging states to adopt those standards. An alliance of six leading professional organizations committed to advancing school leadership, NPBEA carefully guided development of the new leadership standards.

Called the Professional Standards for Educational Leadership, or PSEL, the new standards incorporate the latest research indicating what students need to become successful learners and what school leaders can do to create more a more effective learning environment. They set broad expectations for the preparation, practice and evaluation of school leaders.

“Schools need effective leaders now more than ever to take on the challenges of educating students for success in the 21st Century,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, chair of the NPBEA Board and Executive Director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). “They stress the importance of both academic rigor as well as the support and care required for each student to excel.”

“Schools need effective leaders now more than ever…”

PSEL standards are the result of an extensive 3-year process that took an in-depth look at the new education leadership landscape. It involved a thorough review of the latest research, the input of researchers and more than 1,000 school and district leaders to identify gaps among earlier standards dating from 1998 and 2008. They recognize that today’s school leaders face new and significant challenges, and discern the importance of building a positive learning community that includes parents, teachers and administrators in support of students.

The PSEL model ten fundamental standards for school leaders, from setting mission and core values for schools and being culturally responsive, to curriculum rigor and seeking continuous school improvement. 

Higher Ed NELP Standards Released

The NELP preparation standards, which align to the PSEL, are designed to guide higher education leadership preparation programs. They have been approved by the NPBEA and are now being finalized based upon a review and approval by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). When approved by CAEP, the NELP preparation standards will replace the 2011 Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards and be used to guide the design, accreditation review, and state approval of preparation programs for principals and superintendents. Institutions going through the CAEP accreditation process will have 18 months from the time the NELP standards are finalized to transition to the new NELP standards and assessments.

More information can be found here: NELP 

NPBEA Board Endorses Advocacy Campaign for PSEL

NPBEA’s Board and member associations have endorsed an advocacy effort designed to raise awareness of the value of the new Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (PSEL) among educators and state policymakers.
NPBEA’s advocacy involves all six member organizations and their tens of thousands of members, including school principals, school superintendents, chief state school officers, and leaders of the nation’s advanced leadership preparation programs. All six organizations have endorsed the Professional Standards for Educational Leadership and will support outreach to encourage states to adopt PSEL through their member conferences and communications.

“I firmly believe that a critical component of a school’s success is the learning leader at its helm,” said Dr. Susan Bunting, Delaware’s Secretary of Education, “and PSEL standards constitute the guideposts for the skills and knowledge we want all school leaders in Delaware to demonstrate as they lead schools.” Delaware was among the first states to adopt PSEL.

Delaware's Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting

"PSEL Standards constitute the guideposts for the skills and knowledge we want all school demonstrate."

NPBEA is encouraging state policymakers to consider adopting PSEL for their licensure or certification programs, and will be monitoring states as they come on board. Educators are invited to become advocates for PSEL in their states. Information and guidance can be accessed here.