Master of Science in Building Leadership (Principal) Comprehensive Exam Process

If you wish to proceed with licensure in the state of Kansas, you must take the School Leaders Licensure Assessment Exam #6011. For other state licensure information, contact your particular state education department. 

The Standards-Based Case Studies in Building Leadership (Principal)

This one hour long oral examination (Google Hangout) consists of thought provoking questions which will assess the effective practice of candidates in their role as a school principal. Candidates will be expected to address the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards (ISLLC) and apply the standards to real situations in the principal's day-to-day professional life.

Test Dates

The Standards-Based Case Studies in School Leadership will be administered at FHSU once in the fall semester (October) and once in the spring semester (March).

The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards (ISLLC)

Standard 1: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.

Standard 2: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.

Standard 3: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by ensuring management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.

Standard 4: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.

Standard 5: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.

Standard 6: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.

Be aware of the following beliefs or points of reference from your course work and the ISLLC Standards as you are framing your responses to this exam:

1. Participatory Leadership

  1. School leaders should be actively involved in the educational process.
  2. The effective school leader takes an active role in all areas of education both inside and outside of the school building.
  3. School leaders lead by example.
  4. Team process is valued.

2. Shared Decision Making

  1. School leaders should include all the stakeholders involved when deciding school matters (consult multiple stakeholders and use the collaborative process.)
  2. School leaders seek the input of the teachers and staff within their building when making decisions.
  3. Effective leaders are sensitive to diversity, recognize the viewpoint of multiple stakeholders, and make equitable decisions. According to the FHSU COET, "Diversity" is defined as follows:
  4. Differences among groups of people and individuals based on culture, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, gender, exceptionalities, language, migrant status, sexual orientation, and geographical area.

3. Problem Identification

  1. School leaders should be able to effectively investigate, analyze, assess, and address problems as they arise within the educational context.
  2. School leaders offer research-based solutions to problems as they arise.
  3. School leaders understand the connections among causes, solutions, and school improvement.
  4. School leaders are effective problem solvers.
  5. School leaders know what information is needed and how to obtain it.

4. Interpretation of Data

  1. Effective school leaders are able to analyze data and assess what the data are telling them.
  2. Effective school leaders understand the complexity of problems and the interdependence of data.
  3. School leaders use data to drive the decision-making process.
  4. School leaders use data to identify areas of weakness within curriculum and / or instruction.
  5. School leaders use data to help solve problems and to monitor progress.

5. Curriculum and Instruction

  1. Effective school leaders are the instructional leaders within their building and are knowledgeable of instructional approaches.
  2. School leaders are always looking to improve and update the curriculum.
  3. School leaders look to implement research-based instructional methods into the classroom.
  4. Effective school leaders understand the connection between instruction and discipline.

6. All Students Can Learn

  1. Effective school leaders must believe that all students can learn but they may learn in different ways.
  2. School leaders believe that all students have a right to a quality education.
  3. School leaders consider the impact of decisions on students, maintain an instructional focus, and use instructional time wisely.

7. Other

  1. Effective leaders value teachers and treat them with respect as professionals.
  2. Effective leaders believe in comprehensive programs for professional development.
  3. School leaders understand the importance of political support for what they do.
  4. School leaders recognize the importance of both short- and long-term strategies.
  5. School leaders recognize the importance of keeping everyone informed.

You will improve your chances of receiving a high score if you are able to construct your responses based on such core beliefs.

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