Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Leader Excellence and Development System (LEADS)


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TESS Talk Tuesday

A Virtual Office Hour for all things TESS/LEADS & EdReflect:)



Tuesday, September 24, 2019

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Workflow by EdReflect User Role

Join Zoom Meeting:

Dial in: +1 646 558 8656  or

+1 669 900 6833

Issues? Call 501-683-3160

LEADS Moves to LEADS 2.0

Summer/Fall 2019:

LEADS 2.0 Principal Rubric Training 

School Year 2019-2020:

 LEADS 2.0 Principal Rubric is implemented.* LEADS 2.0 Assistant Principal Rubric & LEADS 2.0 Curriculum Program Administrator Rubric will be completed, receive Stakeholder Feedback, and complete design response.

Summer/Fall 2020:

LEADS 2.0 Assistant Principal Rubric & LEADS 2.0 Curriculum Program Administrator Rubric Training.

School Year 2020–2021:

LEADS 2.0 Assistant Principal Rubric & LEADS 2.0 Curriculum Program Administrator Rubric initial statewide implementation.

LEADS On-Boarding Complete!

Please note: LEADS 2.0 Principal Rubric is currently in EdReflect and has been assigned to Principals who were using the original LEADS rubric by Bloomboard. Assistant Principals and Curriculum Program Administrators will continue to use the original LEADS rubric until School Year 2020-2021.

Arkansas LEADS 2.0 Principal Rubric

1)  About LEADS 2.0

2)  LEADS 2.0 Principal Content Quick Reference

3) Arkansas LEADS 2.0 Principal Rubric

Arkansas LEADS 2.0

The system for professional support, communication and documentation of District, School and Charter Leaders has been improved. The Office of Educator Effectiveness is proud to share one of the new LEADS rubrics. Officially known as LEADS 2.0, the new rubrics are based on the State Board of Education’s adoption of the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CCSSO 2015) as Arkansas’ Leadership Standards. The new, concise format of LEADS 2.0 rubrics supports improved application of leadership best practices while facilitating focus on the power of working together to support each student in Arkansas public and charter schools as they reach ‘future-ready’. 

The introduction to the LEADS 2.0 Principal Rubric is occurring statewide as the result of the partnership between eleven (11) Arkansas University Educator Preparation Programs, ADE Educator Effectiveness, Arkansas Educational Service Co-Ops, and Arkansas Education Renewal Zone Directors. Also involved are currently noted Education Leadership practioners in each area.

Registration links for the LEADS 2.0 Rubric trainings are in ADE Commissioner’s Memo #LIC-19-037.

Training & Information Resources

  • TESS/LEADS for Administrators 2019-2020 (PPTX) – An overview of the current TESS, LEADS & Arkansas ESSA.
  • LEADS & LEADS 2.0 Forms  – System documents for those who may find a hard copy convenient in the workflow.   Also includes LEADS Intensive Support Administrator Growth Plans used by all for Intensive Support Status.  
  • Educator Status for Rating (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.
  • Educator Rating Rotation Form (DOCX) –Career Teachers and administrators are scheduled for a summative rating at least once every four (4) years. This record-keeping form may be used, or observers may have a self-created 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 
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 401B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Office Phone:  501-683-3160
Fax: 501-682-1193

State Standards

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