Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL)

In February 2005, Maryland responded, in advance of the nation, to the priority need for an increased focus on instructional leadership by developing and adopting the Maryland Instructional Leadership Framework. In 2008, the nation followed Maryland’s lead in producing the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards. Since that time, ISLLC standards have been used extensively as a means for validating principal preparation and licensure.

In February 2017, the Maryland State Board of Education adopted the PSEL. These standards replaced the Maryland Instructional Leadership Framework. The PSEL maintains the priority of instructional leadership while elevating the attention to the overall success and well-being of each student. The state is in the process of transitioning from the Maryland Instructional Leadership Framework to the new standards, which will guide administrator preparation programs and professional learning experiences.

It is expected that all school systems will transition to the PSEL by the 2018-2019 school year. That means that the current ILOs on the administrator evaluation will change to reflect the new PSELs. CASE will work with BCPS to design an evaluation that emphasizes professional growth. If you are interested in helping with this important task, please email Tom DeHart.

You can see the Professional Standards of Educational Leaders (PSEL) PDF online.