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Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) Now Available in SuperEval

July 13th, 2022

The SuperEval Team is pleased to announce the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) are now available in SuperEval. These national standards were developed over a two-year process lead by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA). The PSEL development process included the input of researchers, as well as over 1,000 school and district leaders throughout the country. The PSEL Standards were derived from a thorough review of the existing literature including empirical research. Survey and focus group input were also considered and PSEL was approved by both the CCSSO and NPBEA boards after a lengthy comment and review period.

“These research-based standards identify and articulate the work of effective educational leaders,” says Dr. Michael Horning, Jr., Executive Vice President of SuperEval. “Before successfully evaluating educational leaders, we must first define the qualities and expectations of the professional practice. These standards allow for meaningful reflection, self-assessment, and evaluation of the important work of educational leaders. We are thrilled to have permission from NPBEA to promote the use of PSEL among the educational leaders using our SuperEval platform.”

The PSEL are structured within 10 inter-connected standard domains vital to student success. They include:

  1. Mission, Vision, and Core Values
  2. Ethics and Professional Norms
  3. Equity and Cultural Responsiveness
  4. Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  5. Community of Care and Support for Students
  6. Professional Capacity of School Personnel
  7. Professional Community for Teachers and Staff
  8. Meaningful Engagement of Families and Community
  9. Operations and Management
  10. School Improvement

These 10 domains are organized into three clusters, with the domain of School Improvement affecting all the clusters:

  1. Mission Vision and Core Values, Ethics and Professional Norms, Equity and Cultural Responsiveness
  2. Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and Community of Care and Support for Students
  3. Professional Capacity of School Personnel, Professional Community for Teachers and Staff, Meaningful Engagement of Families and Community, and Operations and Management

After each standard statement, several elements further define the work in leadership to successfully meet the standard expectation. The PSEL Standards are available in SuperEval allowing educational leaders to select those standards for use in a reflective and evidence-based evaluation process. For more information about the use of the PSEL Standards in SuperEval, please contact Dr. Michael Horning, Jr. by phone 1-844-312-3825 or via email

About SuperEval

SuperEval is innovative educational leadership evaluation software. The innovative evaluation methodology includes employing reflective practices, conducting a self-assessment, and assembling a portfolio as examples of leadership driving an evidenced-based process. SuperEval serves all leadership team members from the school board and superintendent, to central office and building-level administrators and support staff.

SuperEval provides a library of rubric choices from state and national organizations. This web-based software is one of the most automated contributing to a world-class user experience as an easy-to-use product. If a question arises, our award-winning support team is available to you via phone, instant chat or email.

About The National Policy Board for Educational Administration

cropped-NPBEAAAAAAAAThe 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. Member organizations include: the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership (ICPEL), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), and the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). NPBEA is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation.

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