The foundation for Alberta’s excellent education system is built on the talent, the skill and the ongoing commitment to learning demonstrated by teachers, school leaders, school jurisdiction leaders and superintendents who work every day to help students succeed.
Since 1997, the professional practice of all Alberta teachers has been guided by the Teaching Quality Standard (TQS), holding teachers accountable to the profession and to the Minister.
Together with education stakeholders, Alberta Education has revised and updated the TQS to describe contemporary competencies for our teachers. As well, for the first time in Alberta, a Leadership Quality Standard (LQS) will describe the competencies expected of school leaders and school jurisdiction leaders, while a Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard (SLQS) will define the competencies expected of Alberta school superintendents.
These three standards were signed as Ministerial Orders in February 2018, making all teaching professionals accountable for their applicable standard to the Minister.
The new standards will come into effect on September 1, 2019. Between now and September 2019, Alberta Education will work with education stakeholders to support educators in learning about the new standards and in preparing for their official implementation.
The application of the three professional practice standards is as follows:
Professional practice standards are important because:
By setting uniform expectations for all Alberta teachers, principals, school jurisdiction leaders and superintendents, standards help to support the excellent teaching and leadership in Alberta schools.