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Passing the Superintendent TExES Exam
Keys to Certification and District Leadership



November 2009 | 216 pages | Corwin

"Wilmore has hit another homerun! This book is a great resource to help all future administrators not only pass the test, but also fully understand the domains and competencies set forth by SBEC. Wilmore's knowledge, wisdom, and enthusiasm are all evident in this outstanding book. A must-read for those interested in passing the exam and entering the wonderful career of school administration."
—Jay E. McWilliams, Principal
McCamey High School, TX

The perfect study guide for aspiring superintendents to succeed on the TExES exam!

In this comprehensive resource, Elaine L. Wilmore guides superintendents in Texas and elsewhere through the TExES exam for superintendent licensure. Because Texas standards are closely aligned with those of the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC), this must-have guide is useful for aspiring educational leaders across the nation, not just those taking the TExES exam.

This book covers each of the ten key competencies in detail within three domains: leadership and educational community, instructional leadership, and administrative leadership. Wilmore highlights what test-takers must know and understand as they approach this important exam, including:

  • Details and examples from each domain and leadership competency
  • Test-taking tips and strategies
  • Data analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Plans for preparing both cognitively and psychologically, leading up to the day of the exam
  • Suggested additional resources

This relevant resource offers support not only for passing the exam, but also to improve test performance and achieve lifelong leadership goals.


 
Foreword by Jeanne M. Gerlach
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Section I. Content: The Knowledge Base
 
1. Welcome to Our World!
Introduction

 
The Domains

 
Getting Started

 
 
Section II. The Theoretical Framework
 
2. It's All Good
Global Overview of TExES Domains

 
"Guess My Favorites"

 
The Ideal Superintendent

 
Pretend

 
The Three Domains

 
Domain I: Leadership of the Educational Community

 
Domain II: Instructional Leadership

 
Domain III: Administrative Leadership

 
 
Domain I: Leadership of the Educational Community
 
3. Competency 001, Learner-Centered Values and Ethics of Leadership
The Superintendent Knows How to:

 
Guess My Favorites

 
Important Points to Remember

 
 
4. Competency 002, Learner-Centered Leadership and District Culture
The Superintendent Knows How to:

 
Guess My Favorites

 
Important Points to Remember

 
 
5. Competency 003, Learner-Centered Communication and Community Relations
The Superintendent Knows How to:

 
Guess My Favorites

 
Important Points to Remember

 
 
6. Competency 004, Learner-Centered Contexts
The Superintendent Knows How to:

 
Guess My Favorites

 
Important Points to Remember

 
 
Domain II: Instructional Leadership
 
7. Competency 005, Learner-Centered Strategic Planning
The Superintendent Knows How to:

 
Guess My Favorites

 
Important Points to Remember

 
 
8. Competency 006, Learner-Centered Instructional Leadership and Management
The Superintendent Knows How to:

 
Guess My Favorites

 
Important Points to Remember

 
 
9. Competency 007, Learner-Centered Human Resource Leadership and Management
The Superintendent Knows How to:

 
Guess My Favorites

 
Important Points to Remember

 
 
Domain III: Administrative Leadership
 
10. Competency 008, Learner-Centered Business and Technology of District Leadership and Management
The Superintendent Knows How to:

 
Guess My Favorites

 
Important Points to Remember

 
 
11. Competency 009, Learner-Centered Support Systems and the Physical Plant
The Superintendent Knows How to:

 
Guess My Favorites

 
Important Points to Remember

 
 
12. Competency 010, Learner-Centered Organizational Leadership and Management
The Superintendent Knows How to:

 
Guess My Favorites

 
Important Points to Remember

 
 
Section III. The Real Deal: Practical Application
 
13. Data Analysis: How Do I Read All Those Reports?
Data Analysis Simplified

 
How to Read and Interpret Standardized Test Scores

 
The Pleasant Surprise

 
How to Read and Interpret an "Academic Excellence Indicator System" Report

 
Section I of an AEIS Report: Student Testing Data

 
Section I of an AEIS Report: Student Attendance

 
Section II of an AEIS Report

 
Summary

 
 
14. Test-Taking Strategies
The Layout of the Day

 
Morning Session: The District Profile Packet

 
Afternoon Session: Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills

 
The Dot Game: A Psychological and Time Management Strategy

 
The Dog and Star Game: A Decision-Making Strategy

 
Multiple-Multiples: To Maximize Success Always Use "The Process"

 
Key Words and Themes: "Sherry's" Revisited

 
The Ideal Superintendent

 
Strategy Summary

 
 
15. Creating a Personal Success Plan
Tips for Those Who Have Not Been Successful on the Exam...Yet

 
The "Elaine Wilmore 5-C Plan"

 
Application of Competencies

 
Content

 
Reading Comprehension and/or Speed Reading Courses or Review

 
Tips for Out-of-State Future Texas Superintendents

 
Everyone, Texans and Non-Texans Alike

 
From Now 'til the Week You Test

 
The Week You Test

 
What to Do, and Not Do, the Night Before the Test

 
What to Do, and Not Do, the Morning of the Test

 
Living Your Life After the Test

 
 
Section IV. After You Pass the Test
 
16. That's What I'm Talking About
Actually Becoming Certified

 
Ace It!

 
 
Suggested Additional Reading
 
References
 
Index

"Wilmore is known throughout Texas as the guru of helping educators pass the required state certification exams for teachers and practical administrators. Her useful insights and tips have helped hundred of students. I highly recommend Wilmore’s book for anyone who desires a passing score."

James D. Lanb, Superintendent
Midland Academy, TX

"At a time when busy educational leaders must make every minute count, this book is refreshing in its clarity, efficient organization, and commonsense approach! For those aspiring to the higher levels of leadership in an increasingly complex profession, Wilmore’s approach is direct, specific, and attentive to the details that matter and to the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that make a successful school administrator."

Tom Parks, Editor
Journal of Practical Leadership

"Wilmore has a gift for cutting through what seems confusing to prospective and practicing administrators. Her approach to education administration provides clarity in my day-to-day challenge to make a positive impact on the teachers and students I work with as a school administrator. Read this book."

George Bancroft, Assistant Principal
Big Spring High School, TX

"Wilmore has hit another homerun! I read Wilmore’s Passing the Principal TExES Exam and found it not only very beneficial in passing the exam, but also very practical and easy to read. Her new book, Passing the Superintendent TExES Exam, is another great resource to help all future administrators not only pass the test, but also fully understand the domains and competencies set forth by SBEC. Wilmore's knowledge, wisdom, and enthusiasm are all evident in this outstanding book that is a must-read for all those interested in passing the exam and entering the wonderful career of school administration."

Jay E. McWilliams, Principal
McCamey High School, TX

"Thanks for helping me pass my TExES examination for superintendent. I had taken the test several times and I was frustrated because I would get very close to getting a 240 but kept falling just under that score. Your words of encouragement and the techniques in your book help very much to build my confidence and breeze through the test."

 

David W. Newhouse, Principal
Bovina Middle School

We will be using this text to prepare post-master's students to take the TExEs exam this summer. Dr. WIlmore is a favorite among our students, smart and funny in her advice.

Dr Lillian Farris
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Texas A&M University-Central Texas
November 2, 2011
Key features

This resource addresses:

  • A philosophical framework built around the state of Texas superintendent standards, domains, and competencies which are also strongly aligned with those of the national Educational Leadership Constituent Council
  • Application and implications for district and campus educational leaders across the nation and around the world
  • The TExES exam-taking framework
  • Each domain and competency in specific detail and with examples
  • Test taking strategies
  • Data analysis and problem solving
  • An outline for preparing cognitively and psychologically in the time leading up to the test including the weeks, the night before, and the morning of the exam
  • Suggestions for those who have previously been unsuccessful on the exam
  • An extensive Suggested Additional Resource list

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword

Chapter 1: Welcome to Our World


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