Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Leader Excellence and Development System (LEADS)


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The Arkansas State Board of Education adopted the 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders [PSEL] as the performance standards for educational leaders which was the impetus for updating to improve our current Leader Excellence and Development System.

The goal of this work was to reduce the required number of standards, and therefore, the number of ratings. Also, the new design would incorporate contemporary research-based findings of education thought-leaders. The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) developed the content of the new rubric and it will include a professional reference section and recommended professional literature. ADE is excited to share a guide to a recommended growth path for those maintaining the focus and empowering the work of student-focused learning.

2018-2019 LEADS

  • 2018 LEADS Training (PPTX) – An Overview of the current LEADS system
  • LEADS Forms  – Provided for hard copies of system documents which may be used by those without access to EdReflect online. Also includes LEADS Intensive Administrator Growth Plan (DOC) (PDF) 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.

  • Arkansas Leadership Quest (PDF) – See all components and resources for Arkansas Leadership Quest.
  • Leadership Quest (YouTube) – The system of support was designed by collaborative stakeholders, outstanding  Educational Leaders from all regions of the state.
  • Quest Slides (PPTX) – Leadership Quest is three days of training on contemporary best practices of leadership. Each day is a ‘Journey’ in the Quest. Content outlines provided here.
  • Principal's Learning Network Quest Year 3 (PPTX) – Continuation of the beginning work. Positive effects on the work of building-level leaders continues as training is held in Arkansas Education Service Co-Op’s.
  • Leadership Quest Calendar – Location and training dates for 2018-2019 training.

Educational Leadership Data

Arkansas Leadership Data (PPTX) – This Power Point 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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