State Board gives notice of its intent to adopt new standards for Iowa’s school leaders


The State Board of Education met August 5 and voted to give notice of its intent to adopt new standards for Iowa’s school leaders. A public hearing is set for September 15, and we anticipate an effective date of July 2021. The change would mean Iowa’s Standards for School Leaders will be replaced by the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders. 

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.