TExES for Head Teachers

4 Things about the TExES for Principals

To cater to the varying expertise and domain knowledge of the educator community and adequately evaluating their varying professional abilities and knowledge levels, there are different examinations included in the TExES package. In this article, learn more about the exam and its important aspects.

An Introduction to this Exam (068)

As per the existing norms and requirements, it is designed to evaluate the professional as well as academic/content knowledge of principals or assistant principals for Texas public schools. The competencies and domains included in the test are carefully chosen to assess the abilities, professional knowledge, and the core competencies of prospective candidates against certain pre-defined standards.

As it is mandatory in the state of Texas, each entry-level educator candidate in the public school system should successfully complete an approved educator certification, this test is an important step for all those who aspire for principal/assistant principal positions in the system. The test framework is designed to reflect the Principal position standards drawn by the Texas Administrative Code (TEC).

For more information on this test, you may refer to the official TExES website (http://cms.texes-ets.org/texes/) or the preparation manual. (http://www.texes.ets.org/assets/pdf/testprep_manuals/068_principal_82762_web.pdf).

To better understand this exam, it is wise to take a look at the four vital aspects of the test like the content, sections, format, question types, and the test scoring process.

  1.  The Test Content and the Sections

    As in the case of all TExES tests, the test is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) tests. The test content is sorted into different domains representing one or more standards accepted for the field. The test content under each single domain is again split into a set of competencies - the essential competencies required for the professional position and role in question, such as:

    1. The processional roles and responsibilities for entry-level principals and assistant principals in Texas public schools.

    2. Knowledge and skills required for delivering these duties, in detail.

    The following are the three domains included in the test:

    • School Community Leadership - 33% of total questions
    • Instructional Leadership - 45% of questions
    • Administrative Leadership - 22% of questions

    There are three competencies defined to be evaluated and included under Domain I, four under Domain II, and two under Domain III. For a detailed description of the competencies and standards, you may refer to the official Preparation Manual.

  2. The Test Format and the Question Types

    This test is offered in two formats, as the paper-based test (PBT) and the computer-assisted test (CAT). You may take it in either of these forms, as you choose and based on the availability of dates/seats.

    It contains only multiple-choice questions. Out of the 115 questions, only 100 are scored. The questions are of two main types - stand-alone ones that are more direct and theoretical in nature, and those based on real-life scenarios as experienced by educators, especially those in the roles of school principals in various public school settings.

  3.  The Test Duration

    Whether you want to take up your TExES test in the field of Mathematics, English, Special Education, or Physical Education, and whether you take it up in the PBT or CAT format, all TExES examinations are of the same duration. It takes five hours to complete.

  4.  Scoring and Reporting

    Based on standardized methodology, the scoring process for the ETS TExES tests centers around a concept called the total test scaled score. The score scale for all the tests is 100-300, and the passing score is 240 for the entire test. However, the scoring process also takes care of the candidate's performance in the various domains and competencies within. With each competency and domain performance separately listed out, the score reports provide a very clear picture of the candidate's strengths and weaknesses.

    For all tests, you get your scores online on the reporting date, in your TExES account. The reporting date is, generally, mentioned in the Registration bulletin, and well ahead of the test date. The following are the different types of information included in the score report:

    • Whether you have passed the test or not.
    • Scaled score for the whole test.
    • Performance and scores in the various content domains and competencies included.

    For more information about scores, refer to the official website: http://cms.texes-ets.org/texes/testresultsandscorereporting/#Interpreting_Your_Scores

To conclude, the test for principal is a very significant step in the process of becoming a principal or assistant principal educator in the any of the Texas state public schools. Approved and mandated by the TAC, this test helps not only set and ensure certain minimum qualities and professional abilities for candidates, but also, on a larger scale, helps make the Texas educational system better in terms of quality of services.