The Florida Educational Leadership Standards
The standards are set forth in rule as Florida's core expectations for effective school administrators. These evidence-based standards form the foundation for school leadership preparation programs, educator certification requirements, professional learning for school administrators, and school administrator evaluation systems.
The Florida Principal Leadership Standards (FPLS) were established in 2005 through State Board of Education Rule 6A-5.080, F.A.C., and revised in 2011 to incorporate contemporary research on school leadership. In 2021, a committee of 34 educational leaders drafted new leadership standards using feedback from over 160 stakeholders across the state. The primary goals for the revision process were to align the standards with current research and policy, and clearly delineate between the roles and responsibilities of assistant principals and principals. Named the Florida Educational Leadership Standards, the new standards were adopted by the State Board of Education in October 2022.
There are eight standards, each comprised of a title, description, and role-based descriptors that further clarify and define the work required to demonstrate mastery of the standard.