|(a) Due to the critical role the superintendent plays in school district effectiveness and student achievement, the rules adopted by the State Board for Educator Certification ensure that each candidate for the Superintendent Certificate is of the highest caliber and possesses the knowledge and skills necessary for success. (b) As required by the Texas Education Code, §21.046(b)(1)-(6), the standards identified in §242.15 of this title (relating to Standards Required for the Superintendent Certificate) emphasize instructional leadership; administration, supervision, and communication skills; curriculum and instruction management; performance evaluation; organization; and fiscal management. (c) An individual serving as a superintendent is expected to actively participate in professional development activities to continually update his or her knowledge and skills. Currency in best practices and research as related to both school district leadership and student learning is essential. (d) The holder of the Superintendent Certificate issued under the provisions of this chapter may serve as a superintendent, principal, or assistant principal in a Texas public school.