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Passing the Principal as Instructional Leader TExES Exam
Keys to Certification and School Leadership

Third Edition

Foreword by Jeanne M. Gerlach



February 2019 | 192 pages | Corwin

The premier guide to acing the exam—completely revised!

When the toughest test in Texas gets updated, it’s a big deal. Luckily, this best-selling preparation guide—the secret weapon Texas educators use to take their careers to the next level—has been updated right along with it. Now in its third edition, it’s the resource you need to be at your best for the test.

In her trademark friendly style, Elaine Wilmore gives you the information you need and helps you make the transition from thinking like a teacher to reflecting, reacting, and responding like a learner-centered principal. As you explore each element of the exam’s new structure—eleven competencies within six domains—you’ll also find:

  • An overview of the updated TExES philosophy
  • In-depth analysis of the new domains and competencies
  • Real-life stories and applications to ground each concept in reality
  • Test-taking strategies, online and offline, to suit any style
  • Tips for time management and stress relief before, during, and after the exam

You already know you’re principal material—you just need to prove it to Texas. With this hand-on preparation guide, you’ll be ready to ace the exam, get certified, and change the world—one school at a time.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Author
 
SECTION I CONTENT: THE KNOWLEDGE BASE
 
1. Welcome!
Basic Concepts  
Leadership: A Skill or an Art?  
Getting Started  
 
2. Updates to the Test Structure: 068 to 268
Types of Responses  
 
3. Principal Assessment of School Leadership (PASL)
What’s it All About, Alphie?  
SECTION II PHILOSOPHY: THE THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK  
 
4. Standing on the Promises
Global Overview of TExES Domains  
Key Concepts  
Guess My Favorites  
The Ideal Principal  
The Six Domains  
Domain I: School Culture  
Domain II: Leading Learning  
Domain III: Human Capital  
Domain IV: Executive Leadership  
Domain V: Strategic Operations  
Domain VI: Ethics, Equity, and Diversity  
 
5. Learner-Centered Leadership and Campus Culture
Domain I: Leadership of the Educational Community  
Domain Key Concepts: Culture, Vision, Stakeholders  
The Principal Knows How To?.?.?.  
Prioritized Statements  
Important Points to Remember  
 
6. Learner-Centered Leadership With Stakeholders
Domain I: School Community Leadership  
Domain Key Concepts: Culture, Vision, Stakeholders  
The Principal Knows How To?.?.?.  
Prioritized Statements  
Important Points to Remember  
 
7. Learner-Centered Leadership Through High Quality Instruction
Domain I: School Community Leadership  
Domain Key Concepts: Instruction, Teacher Effectiveness, Student Achievement  
The Principal Knows How To?.?.?.  
Prioritized Statements  
Important Points to Remember  
 
8. Learner-Centered Leadership in Promoting Teacher Effectiveness and Student Achievement
Domain II: Instructional Leadership  
Domain Key Concepts: Instruction, Teacher Effectiveness, Student Achievement  
The Principal Knows How To?.?.?.  
Prioritized Statements  
Important Points to Remember  
 
9. Learner-Centered Leadership Through Professional Development
 
10. Learner – Centered Leadership Promoting Teacher Excellence and Growth
 
11. Learner-Centered Leadership Through Communication Skills
 
12. Learner – Centered Leadership in Improving Student Outcomes
 
13. Learner – Centered Leadership in Goal Setting
 
14. Learner – Centered Administrative Leadership
 
15.Learner-Centered Ethical and Equitable Leadership
 
SECTION III THE REAL DEAL: PRACTICAL APPLICATION
 
16. No Data Left Behind: How Do I Read All Those Reports?
 
17. Test-Taking Strategies: Now Listen to Me Here?.?.?.
 
18. Creating a Personal Success Plan: Where There Is a Will, There Is a Way
 
SECTION IV AFTER YOU PASS THE TEST: THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT!
 
19. That’s What It’s All About: Actually Becoming Certified
 
Addendum A: Commissioner’s Rules Concerning Educator Standards
 
Addendum B: Sample TARP Report
 
Addendum C: Texas Administrative Code, Code of Ethics
 
References
 
Suggested Additional Reading
Key features
This book is a perennial best seller since it offers easy to follow guidance and practice for anyone who has to take the TExES Principal's examination in order to be certified. 

1. Will reflect changes in the Texas Licensing Exam that goes into effect in 2019 with a K-12 focus
2. Will add discussion of online strategies for taking the test to follow reality of today's environment
3. Much more attention will be placed on "decision sets" with questions regarding the state Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS).
4. Will include many additional test taking strategies developed by the author

As you know, the state is changing the Principal TExES Exam. This will not be an update to the test as it has been in the past. It will be a total new “redesign.”

 

The test protocol is at least 75% different. There will still be the typical decision sets that we are masters at addressing.

 

That is where the resemblance ends. The rest of the test is going to include DISCUSSION QUESTIONS as well as VIDEOS for the students to respond to. I have attended every meeting the state has had on this, regardless of location, hoping they would eventually provide something a little more firm to describe these portions. The most recent word is the test will roll out in Dec, 2018.

 

Students are scared  to death so they are pushing HARD to pass the existing test before September. Professors are WAY past concerned. I am getting regular contacts from professors and students as to what I, alone, am going to do about this. It’s   Like they are dependent on me to save them from the new big, bad, expensive test.

 

 

Outline of Changes:

PART I:

 

I have the new standards and can begin writing to address them. They are in-stone and have been released. There is nothing that new in them, but everything is moved around considerably. There is nothing I am not confident about handling.

 

PART II:

 

I can, between now and May, do the preliminary writing of the facts we know. In May they are supposed to release the last of what they are going to release towards the test protocol. I will already have developed the Decision - Making Process Template as well as the Writing Template and Tips for Writers since so many of the responses are going to be written. Then I can spend the early part of the summer using the last from the State for Part II and polishing it up.

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ISBN: 9781544342153