This Pre-screener is made up of 104 questions of which you will be given two possible answers. You must select the best possible answer and go to the next question. After you have gone to the next question you will not be able to change your answer. At the end of the pre-screenere you will be able to see how well you did in each of the thirteen dimensions.
This pre-screener predicts which candidates will succeed as school principals serving diverse children and youth in urban poverty in major urban school districts. It analyzes respondents’ answers to thirteen dimensions of urban school administration. These dimensions were identified in our studies of star urban principals who led effective schools in major urban districts or who turned failing schools into effective ones.
The items represent star administrators’ behaviors and predispositions to act. These actions reflect an ideology regarding the respondents’ beliefs about the nature of effective schooling for diverse children and youth in urban poverty and the nature of school leadership necessary to create such schools.
This pre-screener may be used with experienced individuals who are currently principals or with neophytes who are aspiring principals. It is applicable to individuals who have completed state certification requirements to become principals, or individuals from other careers without formal training in teaching or school administration who are seeking to pursue an alternative route to the principalship.
Those typically using this pre-screener are 1) urban school districts seeking to hire new principals, 2) urban school districts seeking to identify effective leaders for failing schools that serve diverse children and youth in poverty and 3) urban school districts seeking to select individuals for training programs to become principals. Researchers and doctoral students use the screener as a pre and post test in studies assessing the power of various training programs and other treatments intended to change or develop urban administrators.
Respondents’ replies are analyzed in terms of the thirteen functions necessary for effective leadership in urban schools. Respondents’ answers are compared to those of outstanding urban school principals. The respondent’s profile provides ratings of High, Acceptable and Low on each function. Low indicates a danger zone where the responses red flag an area of weakness and likely failure by the respondent in performing that function. In addition to the respondent’s profile an overall score comparing the respondent to all others who have taken the test is provided.