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Passing the Principal TExES Exam
Updated Edition of Bestseller

Passing the Principal TExES Exam
Keys to Certification and School Leadership

Third Edition

January 2019 | 184 pages | Corwin
Key features

This second edition of Passing the Principal TEXeS Exam continues to be based on domains and competencies provided through Texas law (19 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 241.15) and developed by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and the success of the original edition . It is written based on the years of experience the author has as a teacher, counselor, principal, professor, and school board member and providing popular, successful, and inspiring TexES preparation seminars at universities, regional service centers, and other training sites around the state. In addition, this updated version also includes updates to the TexES Exam and additional test-taking strategies developed since the original printing.

Part I provides the global overview, tools, and format of the book. Part II provides the philosophy and theoretical framework for TexES success. It details the Texas domains, competencies, and leadership philosophy on which TexES is constructed. Each of Part II's ten chapters details a specific competency in a down-to-earth, interesting manner using real-life stories for practical application while engaging the reader and connecting theory to practice. Each chapter has the details necessary for proactive school leadership and TexES success, and the book closes with an extensive list of additional resources to supplement each domain. Section III ties the philosophy of TexES to other important test-taking concepts and techniques such as how to read and analyze data, manage time while testing, and use specific strategies to discern correct answers. It includes information about how to create an individualized personal success plan, how to prepare for the TexES, and what to do in the weeks, days, and night before the test. The book concludes with a mini-test of applicable decision sets so readers can practice their skills.

Passing the Principal TexES Examination: Keys to Certification and School Leadership is a valued asset for current administrators seeking to refine, refocus, and develop their learner-centered leadership skills as well as helping aspiring administrators pass the TexES examination. With a proven record of success, the book will not only provide a solid theoretical framework for school leadership, it will make learning fun and inspire greatness. Readers will enjoy the book, be ready to pass the TexES Exam, and then to change the world—one school at a time.

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:



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.




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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