Administrator Standards

Training on the new standards:

New Standards effective July 1, 2021

On November 18, the State Board of Education adopted the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders as Iowa’s new standards for school leaders. The 2021 ISSL will take effect July 1, 2021.
Tools and resources to support their implementation continue to be developed. Additionally, SAI will provide learning opportunities this spring. Stay tuned!

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 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.

Current standards

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.

Evaluation Processes/Instruments 

*Note that these forms are designed to be completed electronically. Be certain that you have the most recent version of Adobe Reader on your computer before entering data in the form.

Iowa Individual Administrator Professional Development Plan 

Administrators are required by chapter 284A.6 to develop an individual administrator professional development plan. A template and samples are provided below.