Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Leader Excellence and Development System (LEADS)


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Arkansas LEADS 2018 Principal Rubric

The Office of Educator Effectiveness is proud to share a new performance rubric for principals. This rubric will be in EdReflect, but not soon enough to base the 2019-2020 Principal PGP on it. The foundation of LEADS 2018 is the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CCSSO, 2015), and has many connections to the current rubric. This means PGP’s can be aligned with LEADS 2018 at the start of next school year.


2018-2019 LEADS

  • 2018 LEADS Training (PPTX) – An overview of the current LEADS system.
  • LEADS Forms  – System documents which may be used by those without access to EdReflect online. Also includes LEADS Intensive Administrator Growth Plan used by all for Intensive Support Status.
  • TESS & LEADS Educator Status 2018 (PPTX) – Visual for the transition from Tracks & Categories to Educator Status. TESS: Novice teacher, Career Teacher, Intensive Support Teacher. LEADS: Beginning Administrator, Career Administrator, Intensive Support Administrator.
  • TESS and LEADS Rating Rotation Form (DOCX) –Career Teachers and administrators are scheduled for a summative rating at least once every four (4) years. This form may be used or observers may have a self-created record system. 

Arkansas Leadership Quest

The Arkansas Department of Education works to support and develop education leaders through the Leadership Quest. The purpose is to provide networking opportunities and personalized learning to enhance leadership skills. Participants in the quest have access to a leadership development coach, support coaches and practices lead principals.

Educational Leadership Data

Arkansas Leadership Data (PPTX) – This PowerPoint is a compilation of demographics entered into APSCN by Arkansas school districts and also includes Beginning Administrator data from the Office of Educator Effectiveness. 

For more information, please contact:

Becky Gibson, Educator Support & Development Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 401B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Office Phone:  501-683-3160

State Standards

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