State Initiatives to Improve Educational Leader Preparation Programs
In 2002, The Iowa Department of Education required all Iowa higher education institutions to re-submit applications for the approval of their school leader preparation programs according to new guidelines.
The Department of Education aligned the Iowa Standards for School Leadership to align with the ISLLC standards, McREL competencies, and competencies developed by the Iowa Council of Professors of Educational Administration (ICPEA). All preparation programs were required to align with these new standards and competencies.
Standard #1: Shared Vision
Standard #2: Culture of Learning
Standard #3: Management
Standard #4: Family and Community
Standard #5: Ethics
Standard #6: Societal Context
A review panel of persons from outside the state reviewed the nine applications. Five programs received approval.
For additional information:
Chapter 79 Standards for Practitioner and Administrator Preparation Programs (October 2004)
Standards for School Leaders
Sec. 2. Section 256.7, Code 2007
Sec. 3. Section 256.9, Code 2007
In 1999, the Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence was formed by the Governor, Board of Regents, and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. This group examined the status of teacher and educational leader preparation programs in the state. In 2002, the Blue Ribbon Commission created guidelines and expectations for the redesign of educational leadership programs. In 2004, the state began the program review process of redesigned program utilizing a team of external experts composed of national experts.
The external evaluators reviewed redesigned post-baccalaureate program proposals, interviewed university/district teams, provided feedback to universities regarding their proposals, and made recommendations to the Program Review Committee composed of representatives from university system boards, Board of Regents, and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. This committee reviewed the recommendations of the external evaluators and recommended program approval (or non-approval) to the Board of Regents and BESE.
Of the 15 universities that submitted program applications, one received approval, thirteen received approval after meeting stipulations, and one rescinded their application.
Source: Standards for School Principals in Louisiana
Source: Guidelines for Redesigned Post-Baccalaureate Program Proposals
http://asa.regents.state.la.us/TE/redesign_guidelines_postbacc.pdf (Dated: March 10, 2003)