Candidates seeking certification in Educational Leadership in Florida are required by State Board of Education Rule 6A-4.00821, FAC, to take the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE).
The current examination is aligned with the 2005 Florida Principal Leadership Standards (Rule 6A-5.080, F.A.C.). The 10 areas from the Standards are divided into three subtests:
- Subtest 1 – Instructional Leadership: Instructional Leadership; Managing the Learning Environment; Learning, Accountability, and Assessment
- Subtest 2 – Operational Leadership: Technology; Human Resource Development; Ethical Leadership; Decision-Making Strategies
- Subtest 3 – School Leadership: Community and Stakeholder Partnerships; Diversity; Vision
Each subtest consists of multiple-choice questions. Subtest 3 also contains a written performance assessment (WPA), which is designed to determine proficiency in written communication and data analysis.
On April 5, 2013, the Department of Education issued the following communication regarding the implementation of FELE 3.0:
In November 2012, the State Board of Education approved the new FELE 3.0 competencies and skills. FELE 3.0 will officially be implemented beginning January 1, 2014. The memorandum issued January 30, 2013 announced the publication of the revised competencies and skills.
Beginning January 1, 2014, if examinees have not passed all three subtests of the current FELE by December 31, 2013, then examinees must take all three subtests of FELE 3.0 in order to use their scores for certification purposes.
Preparation for the FELE should include:
Look over the organization of the test information guide
Decide which content areas are needed for review
Become acquainted with the exam format and answer sample questions
Final Preparation –
Review test-taking advice.