Test Design and
Test Framework

Field 225: Superintendent

The test design below describes general test information. The framework that follows is a detailed outline that explains the knowledge and skills that this test measures.

Test Design

Format Computer-based test (CBT)
Number of Questions 80 multiple-choice questions, 2 constructed-response assignments
Time* 3 hours, 30 minutes
Passing Score TBD

*Does not include 15-minute CBT tutorial

Test Framework



Test Subarea Number of Test Objectives Number of Scorable Items Number of Non-Scorable Items Subarea Weight as % of Total Test Score
Subarea 1—Visionary Leadership, Managing Change, and Contexts of Education 3 17 4 16%
Subarea 2—Instructional Leadership 3 18 5 17%
Subarea 3—Culture of Learning, Communication, and Collaboration 2 12 3 11%
Subarea 4—Resource Management and Legal/Ethical Guidelines 3 17 4 16%
Totals 11 64 16 60%
Constructed Response(s)
Subareas 1 & 2—CRI 1 Extended Response 24%
Subareas 3 & 4—CRI 2 Focused Response 16%

Subarea 1—Visionary Leadership, Managing Change, and Contexts of Education

Objective 0001—Understand the collaborative development and implementation of a shared vision, mission, and core values to promote continuous and sustainable improvement in students' achievement and growth.

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Objective 0002—Understand how to lead change and engage in collaborative, data-driven planning and decision making to improve student learning outcomes.

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Objective 0003—Understand the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural contexts of education and how to respond to these contexts, including working effectively with the district governing body.

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Subarea 2—Instructional Leadership

Objective 0004—Understand how to provide instructional leadership focused on effective teaching and learning and the use of research-supported instructional practices that promote academic success for every student.

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Objective 0005—Understand the use of assessment and accountability systems to monitor students' progress and promote educational excellence.

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Objective 0006—Understand how to develop the professional capacity and practice of teachers and other school personnel to promote each student's academic success and well-being.

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Subarea 3—Culture of Learning, Communication, and Collaboration

Objective 0007—Understand how to establish and sustain school cultures and learning environments conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.

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Objective 0008—Understand how to communicate and collaborate with students, faculty and other staff, families, community members, and school board members; respond to diverse community interests and needs; and mobilize community resources to strengthen school programs and support school and district goals.

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Subarea 4—Resource Management and Legal/Ethical Guidelines

Objective 0009—Understand organizational and operational management that supports school and district improvement and desired educational outcomes.

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Objective 0010—Understand financial and human resource management that supports school and district improvement and desired educational outcomes.

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Objective 0011—Understand legal and ethical guidelines related to schools and education.

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