Educators Rising Standards


The journey to accomplished teaching is a marathon. What should the first steps look like? Educators Rising Standards are the teaching profession’s answer to this vital question. Created with support from the National Education Association (NEA), who provided a generous grant award for their development, the standards will form the backbone for secondary-based “grow your own” efforts across the country.

The seven standards define what high school students exploring teaching need to know and be able to do to take their first steps on the path to accomplished teaching. The standards represent a new, shared vision from the field; the teaching profession is mapping the front end of a coherent continuum, from the initial exploratory phase to entry into the profession to becoming an accomplished practitioner.

  • Standard I: Understanding the Profession
  • Standard II: Learning About Students
  • Standard III: Building Content Knowledge
  • Standard IV: Engaging in Responsive Planning
  • Standard V Implementing Instruction
  • Standard VI: Using Assessment and Data
  • Standard VII: Engaging in Reflective Practice

A diverse group of 12 practitioners formed the Educators Rising Standards Committee ( including eight National Board Certified Teachers and two State Teachers of the Year. The processes and protocols used for empowering the committee to define the Educators Rising Standards were borrowed from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), who served as a partner and advisor at every stage of the project.

Read the detailed Educators Rising Standards to learn more.

Next Steps

In October 2016, Educators Rising will release a set of six micro-credentials — performance-based assessments — in which students can demonstrate their development of the skills, knowledge, and dispositions embedded in the Educators Rising Standards. For the 2017–2018 school year, Educators Rising will release the EdRising Academy curriculum for high schools seeking to support students’ exploration of teaching.

Keep in touch with us ( for updates about bringing Educators Rising micro-credentials and the EdRising Academy curriculum to your community.





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