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Study Guide

Test Design and Test Objectives
Field 181: Principal Subtest I
Field 281: Principal Subtest II

Test Overview

Format Computer-based test (CBT)
Number of Questions 50 selected-response questions and 2 written performance assignments per subtest
Time 3 hours and 30 minutes per subtest (does not include 15-minute CBT tutorial)
Passing Score 240 per subtest
Pie chart of approximate test weighting, detailed in the table below.

Subtest I Test Objectives

Table outlining test content and subject weighting by sub area and objective
Subareas Range of Objectives Approximate Test Proportions
I Visionary Leadership, Collaboration, and Educational Contexts 01–02 50%
II Fiscal and Operational Management and Legal/Ethical Guidelines 03–04 50%
Total Proportion 100%

 

Subarea I–Visionary Leadership, Collaboration, and Educational Contexts

Objective 0001: Understand how to develop and implement a shared school vision and associated goals and plans to promote continuous and sustainable improvement in student learning and achievement. (ISLLC Standard 1)
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Objective 0002: Understand the political, social, economic, and cultural contexts of education and how to use effective communication and collaboration skills to build positive, productive relationships with stakeholders inside and outside the school. (ISLLC Standards 4, 6)
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Subarea II–Fiscal and Operational Management and Legal/Ethical Guidelines

Objective 0003: Understand fiscal and operational management and their use in promoting achievement of the school's educational goals. (ISLLC Standard 3)
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Objective 0004: Understand laws, regulations, and judicial decisions affecting education in Arizona and ethical guidelines and behavior expectations for principals. (ISLLC Standard 5)
For example: Pie chart of approximate test weighting, detailed in the table below.

Subtest II Test Objectives

Table outlining test content and subject weighting by sub area and objective
Subareas Range of Objectives Approximate Test Proportions
III Instructional and Organizational Leadership 05–08 100%
Total Proportion 100%

 

Subarea III–Instructional and Organizational Leadership

Objective 0005: Understand how to create and sustain a school culture and learning environment conducive to student learning and staff professional growth. (ISLLC Standard 2)
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Objective 0006: Understand how to provide instructional leadership focused on effective teaching and learning and the use of best instructional practices that promote academic success for every student. (ISLLC Standard 2)
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Objective 0007: Understand how to provide professional development opportunities and experiences that promote staff growth and improve learning for every student. (ISLLC Standard 2)
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Objective 0008: Understand organizational and human resource management that supports school improvement and helps ensure success for every student. (ISLLC Standard 3)
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