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Tennessee Academy for School Leaders (TASL)

News & Notes

TASL professional learning tracking has been integrated into the TNCompass data platform as of March 1, 2017. All TASL information will be housed in TNCompass. This upgrade provides administrators the ability to efficiently submit credit for approval, view approval progress and approved credit, and generate a current transcript.

Improvements to the TASL process with this integration include:

  • Increased user autonomy: Administrators will have immediate access to all TASL credit information, including the ability to monitor credits in real time and generate current TASL credit transcripts.
  • Increased access to credit events: The professional learning event list will be housed in TNCompass and will link to registration pages and contact information.
  • Increased efficiency: Administrators will upload attendance verification documents provided by event organizers, eliminating delays in attendance reporting and allowing administrators to track the credit approval process in real time.

TASL cycles have changed from a 28 credit hour requirement in a two-year cycle to a 14 credit hour requirement in a one-year cycle. This change simplifies personal record keeping and encourages educators to engage in the most current professional learning. The first 14-hour TASL cycle will be extended to June 30, 2018, to provide ample time for all administrators to fulfill the 14 hour TASL credit requirement. On July 1, 2018, cycles move to the new 12-month timeframe.

Please note that historical TASL data could not be transferred from the old TPD system into TNCompass. However, TASL attendance data from prior to Jan. 1, 2017 is maintained at the state TASL office and will be accessed as needed for the purpose of advancements and renewals.

Administrator license renewals and advancements will continue to be processed without interruption. Questions about administrator licensure as it relates to TASL status should be directed to TASL.Information@tn.gov.

An essential priority of the Tennessee Department of Education is ensuring that all schools in Tennessee have effective teachers and leaders who receive the feedback and support needed to continually improve student outcomes. The Tennessee Academy for School Leaders (TASL) provides high-quality professional learning opportunities for principals, assistant principals, and instructional supervisors, that are aligned with the Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards (TILS).

Tennessee is transforming what it means to be an effective leader at all phases of a leader’s career by setting high standards for effective leadership based on research and best practice, supporting leaders to reach those standards, and empowering districts to build a network of exceptional instructional leaders who get results.

Administrators are required to earn TASL credits if they spend 50% or more of their time in direct delivery of instructional services to the following:  teachers, principals, and/or other educators in administrative or supervisory positions. Directors of Schools may request a new position receive TASL mandated status if that position meets the guidelines for TASL mandated status.  The TASL Office may request documentation to support approval of such a request.

The following lists are not all inclusive, but are meant to serve as helpful guidelines for determining which school system positions are required to comply with Tennessee Code Annotated 49-5-5703. Because job titles vary across the state, job responsibilities determine TASL status. It is the obligation of the individual administrator or supervisor to remain current with TASL hours in order to maintain an active license.

Positions Required to Earn TASL Credit

  • Assistant Principal – K-12
  • Assistant Principal – Correction
  • Assistant Principal – Special Education
  • Assistant Principal – Vocational
  • Principal – K-12
  • Principal – Correction
  • Principal – Special Education
  • Principal – Vocational
  • Supervisor/Coordinator of Instruction
  • Supervisor/Coordinator of Instruction, Special Education
  • Supervisor/Coordinator, Title I
  • Supervisor/Coordinator, Federal Programs
  • Supervisor/Coordinator, School to Career
  • Supervisor – Special Education
  • Supervisor – Staff Development
  • Supervisor – Alternative School
  • Supervisor – Student Life
  • Coordinator, Career and Technical Education
  • Vocational Director
  • Curriculum Coordinator (district level)
  • Department of Correction
  • Department of Mental Health

Positions Not Required to Earn TASL Credit

  • Attendance Teacher/Supervisor
  • Interim Principal
  • Interim Assistant Principal
  • Instructional Coach
  • Librarian
  • Literacy Specialist/Coordinator
  • Principal – Interim
  • Principal – Adult Basic Education
  • School Counselor
  • Supervisor/Director – Adult Basic Education
  • School Psychologist
  • School Board – Member 
  • School Board – Chair
  • Supervisor of Personnel
  • Supervisor/Coordinator, Transportation
  • Supervisor, School Food Service
  • School Social Worker
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Supervisor – Human Resources
  • Instructional Facilitator
  • Athletic Director
  • College or University Staff
  • Teacher
  • Lead Teacher
  • Curriculum Coordinator (building-level)