Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards (ISSLC)

What We Know Now


These stan­dards for school admin­is­tra­tors address lead­er­ship indi­ca­tors for pro­fes­sional prac­tice. There are six stan­dards. Each stan­dard is fol­lowed by the Knowl­edge required for the stan­dard, the Dis­po­si­tions or atti­tudes man­i­fested by the accom­plish­ment of the stan­dard, and Per­for­mances that could be observed in an admin­is­tra­tor who is accom­plished in the standard.


The ISSLC stan­dards were devel­oped by the Coun­cil of Chief State School Officers(CCSSO) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the National Pol­icy Board on Edu­ca­tional Admin­is­tra­tion (NPBEA) to help strengthen prepa­ra­tion pro­grams in school lead­er­ship. They are meant to serve as a foun­da­tional piece for pol­i­cy­mak­ers as they assess cur­rent goals, reg­u­la­tions, poli­cies and prac­tices of edu­ca­tion lead­ers. These stan­dards can also be used by pol­i­cy­mak­ers to think about their sys­tem of edu­ca­tor devel­op­ment. Stan­dards are the foun­da­tion of a cohe­sive sys­tem: prepa­ra­tion, licens­ing, induc­tion and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment. They help set expec­ta­tions and guide improve­ments in prepa­ra­tion pro­grams and influ­ence the process for screen­ing and hir­ing lead­ers. They also set para­me­ters for devel­op­ing assess­ment instru­ments, prac­tice stan­dards, and pro­fes­sional growth devel­op­ment for school leaders.

Considerations or Implications:

The State of Wis­con­sin is using the ISSLC stan­dards as part of the Wis­con­sin Frame­work for Edu­ca­tor Effec­tive­ness. They were cho­sen because they are highly rec­og­nized as rig­or­ous and robust stan­dards of pro­fes­sional prac­tice. They will be used to account for 50% of the sum­ma­tive rat­ing for prin­ci­pals. Mod­els based on the ISSLC stan­dards will be used in cre­at­ing of rubrics for observ­ing prin­ci­pal prac­tice. Dis­tricts should con­sider tran­si­tion­ing their prin­ci­pal eval­u­a­tions to include the ISSLC standards.


A com­plete copy of the updated report by the CCSSO can be found at:

Addi­tional infor­ma­tion on Wisconsin’s Edu­ca­tor Effec­tive­ness:

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