Administrator Standards

All of the resources and facilitation tools developed by the Standards Team will be shared with a group of AEA leaders who intend to support the implementation of the new standards in their respective AEAs. Please check with your AEA for additional information.

New Standards effective July 1, 2021

On November 18, 2020, the State Board of Education adopted the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders as Iowa’s new standards for school leaders. The 2021 ISSL took effect July 1, 2021.
Tools and resources to support their implementation continue to be developed.

A representative team of administrators from different levels and areas of the state along with colleagues from IASB and two of our administrator preparation schools has been meeting regularly over the past several years to study the current ISSL in light of the PSEL and to move this work forward. Several resources are available to support leaders in learning more about the new standards, including the rationale for change and tools to help facilitate the implementation. This video, prepared for SAI Annual Conference 2020, provides the historical context and rationale for change, offers interviews with Iowa leaders who’ve been involved in the process, and connects to additional resources on this site, to which more content will be added.

The New Standards for Iowa School Leaders site houses tools like facilitator guides and slide decks to support administrative and/or school board learning about the standards in general and each of the standards more specifically. Eventually, the progressions aligned to each of the standards (a set for superintendents and one for principals) will also be available. Please know that these tools and resources are all optional.

Iowa Standards for School Leaders and criteria represent a set of knowledge and skills that reflects the best evidence available regarding effective leadership for Iowa schools. The standards and criteria are linked to the evaluation of administrators and the professional development plans for administrators.

National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators developed by the International Society for Technology in Education. The NETS for Administrators define what administrators need to know and be able to do in order as leaders in the effective use of technology in our schools.