With leaders from across the nation in a packed room at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., today I witnessed the beginning of a new era for school principals: national principal certification. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) rolled out the first phase of the National Board Certification for Educational Leaders, which includes the development of the National Board Certification for Principals. Watch the webcast.
A committee of devoted educators, including NAESP Past President Rosie Young, worked diligently to develop the standards and an assessment process for principals. This umbrella program will also develop the groundwork for a new certification for teacher leaders. 
In her remarks at the launch, NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly shared the long, rich history NAESP has had in embracing national standards for principals. In addition to raising the awareness of the critical role of the principal and ensuring successful outcomes for all students, this certification will “provide principals a meaningful way to demonstrate they have met, or exceeded, requirements that identify an accomplished, effective, and results-oriented principal,” she said. The certification “provides a new dimension whereby principals can be recognized and rewarded.”
The launch of this initiative is an exciting day for school principals—measuring effectiveness while adding validity and recognition to the role.
Diane Cargile, NAESP President