NYSTCE School District Leader

The NYSTCE School District Leader assessment measures your knowledge according to the New York State Academic Standards. Success on this assessment indicates that you are qualified to become a school district leader in the New York State public school system. The School District Leader assessment is divided into two tests, and each test contains multiple-choice questions and written assignments. The assessment content is drawn from these subareas: Developing, Communicating, and Sustaining an Educational Vision (21% of the total assessment score); Supervising Districtwide Change and Accountability (29%); Leading the District Educational Program (32%); and Managing District Resources, Finances, and Compliance (18%). In total, the assessment consists of 120 multiple-choice questions and four written assignments.

NYSTCE School District Leader Practice Questions

1. Which amendment to the United States Constitution places control for schools in the hands of the state government?
A: Tenth
B: First
C: Third
D: Second

2. What is the most important personal quality to consider when hiring new members of a school district leadership team?
A: Mathematical reasoning
B: Punctuality
C: Communication skills
D: Familiarity with local issues

3. Which of the following schools of educational philosophy asserts that students should be encouraged to make positive social change?
A: Realist
B: Socialist
C: Idealist
D: Reconstructionist

4. What is the primary responsibility of a school district leader when a new science curriculum is introduced?
A: Maintain frequent communication with school leaders and teachers
B: Wait for assessment to indicate the success of the curriculum
C: Field questions from parents and teachers
D: The school district leader has no responsibility.

5. What is the most important practice for promoting excellence at all of the schools in a district?
A: Communicating effectively with building leaders
B: Incentivizing high performance
C: Visiting classrooms
D: Investing in technology

Answer Key

1. A. The Tenth Amendment states that any powers not explicitly given to the federal government are given to the states. The power to control schools is not explicitly granted to the federal government and, is therefore, granted to the states.
2. C. A school district leader must be able to communicate productively with employees and the community to be an effective leader.
3. D. According to reconstructionist educators, students have a responsibility to learn about and pursue social justice.
4. A. A school district leader may be required to make adjustments to new curricula. In order to make these adjustments, a district leader must communicate with the school leaders and teachers that are using the curricula.
5. A. A school district leader cannot cooperate with principals and teachers without effective communication.