Notice of Intended Action

School leadership standards for administrators, 83.10

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Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to school leadership standards for administrators and providing an opportunity for public comment

The State Board of Education hereby proposes to amend Chapter 83, "Teacher and Administrator Quality Programs," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 256.7(27).

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code chapter 284A.

Purpose and Summary

This chapter outlines the general standards and program requirements both administrator and teacher quality programs must meet to promote high student achievement and enhance educator quality. Compliance with these standards is required and is reported annually as part of the Department's school improvement efforts. The current standards need updating because the national standards from which the current Iowa standards derive have been replaced by the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, which better reflect the current context in education and the knowledge and skills needed by today's educational leaders.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.


By statute, no waiver is permitted.

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written or oral comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written or oral comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m.on September 15, 2020. Comments should be directed to:

Thomas Mayes

Department of Education

Grimes State Office Building, Second Floor

400 East 14th Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0416

Phone: 515.242.5614

Fax: 515.242.5988


Public Hearing

A public hearing at which time persons may present their views either orally or in writing will be held as follows:

September 15, 2020

2:30 p.m.

State Board Room, Second Floor

Grimes State Office Building

Des Moines, Iowa

Via video conference:

Persons who wish to make oral comments at the public hearing may be asked to state their names for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of this proposed rule making.

Any persons who intend to attend the public hearing and have special requirements, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Department and advise of specific needs by calling 515.281.5295.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

The following rule-making action is proposed:

Rescind rule 281—83.10(284A) and adopt the following new rule in lieu thereof:

281—83.10(284A) Iowa school leadership standards for administrators. The Iowa school leadership standards for administrators are organized around the domains, qualities, and values of leadership work that research and practice indicate contribute to students' academic success and well-being. The standards provide a framework to guide leadership practice and how leaders are prepared, hired, developed, supervised and evaluated. A local school board may establish additional administrator standards and related criteria, but shall at a minimum utilize the following standards therefor:

83.10(1) Mission, vision, and core values. Educational leaders develop, advocate, and enact a shared mission, vision, and core values of high-quality education and academic success and well-being of each student.

83.10(2) Ethics and professional norms. Educational leaders act ethically and according to professional norms to promote each student's academic success and well-being.

83.10(3) Equity and cultural responsiveness. Educational leaders strive for equity of educational opportunity and culturally responsive practices to promote each student's academic success and well-being.

83.10(4) Curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Educational leaders develop and support intellectually rigorous and coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to promote each student's academic success and well-being.

83.10(5) Community of care and support for students. Educational leaders cultivate an inclusive, caring, and supportive school community that promotes the academic success and well-being of each student.

83.10(6) Professional capacity of school personnel. Educational leaders develop the professional capacity and practice of school personnel to promote each student's academic success and well-being.

83.10(7) Professional community for teachers and staff. Educational leaders foster a professional community of teachers and other professional staff to promote each student's academic success and well-being.

83.10(8) Meaningful engagement of families and communities. Educational leaders engage families and the community in meaningful, reciprocal, and mutually beneficial ways to promote each student's academic success and well-being.

83.10(9) Operations and management. Educational leaders manage school operations and resources to promote each student's academic success and well-being.

83.10(10) School improvement. Educational leaders act as agents of continuous improvement to promote each student's academic success and well-being.

Closed For Comments

This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 9/15/2020.

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