Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Leadership, National Standards
John R. Hoyle
Professional standards in educational leadership are established to seek consensus among scholars and practicing administrators about a common body of knowledge, set of competencies, skills, dispositions, and language to ensure quality in the professional preparation and development of school leaders. University scholars in educational administration and leaders in professional school administrator associations apply standards to direct their members to master a common knowledge base to ensure competent professionals. In addition, professional standards serve as benchmarks to add value to the accreditation of graduate programs and licensure of principals and system administrators. Licensure and entry into the profession are granted based on candidates' successful completion of the program and on their passing an examination closely aligned to standards of content and best practice. Stronger links among standards, accreditation, and licensure help ensure greater academic rigor and the quality of program graduates. National standards in educational leadership are a relatively new development. ...