AEPA Superintendent Exam

The Superintendent test is one of three Administrator tests administered in Arizona. It measures the knowledge and skills required to function effectively in a leadership role. The test content is drawn from five subareas based on AEPA learning objectives: Leadership of the Educational Organization (19% of the test); Social, Cultural, and Legal Context (19%); Effective Communication (19%); Management of the Educational Organization (24%); and Curriculum and Instruction (19%). Leadership topics include policy development, mission promotion, professional development, and innovation. Test-takers should know how to promote equity and comply with relevant statutes and regulations. Other topics include teamwork and encouraging and responding to feedback in order to promote the mission of the educational organization. Test-takers should have knowledge of basic school management (e.g., problem solving, finance management, and human resources). Finally, the test covers curriculum development, effective instruction, and student assessment.

AEPA Superintendent Practice Questions

1.Which of the following would NOT be part of an administrative budget?

A: purchase of new school buses
B: public relations expenses
C: data processing expenses
D: legal fees

2. Which theory of leadership asserts that leaders are endowed with specific psychological attributes that enable them to organize and administrate the work of others successfully?

A: social system theory
B: open system theory
C: classical theory
D: functional theory

3. Students who are not assessed because of disability or lack of English proficiency are often given a(n) _____.

A: behavioral survey
B: excluded student questionnaire
C: physical examination
D: deferral

4. What is the primary advantage of standardized testing?

A: It allows comparison with students from around the country.
B: The tests are easy to grade.
C: It is always error-free.
D: The tests are always written at an appropriate readability level.

5. Which of the following groups should have little or no influence over the development of a district policy statement?

A: school administrators
B: relevant professionals in the community
C: teachers
D: students

Answer key

1. A. Many school districts are required to make sure that the administrative budget does not exceed a certain percentage of the total budget.
2. C. The classical theory of leadership was perhaps first promulgated by Aristotle.
3. B. The excluded student questionnaire helps administrators understand why certain students were left out of testing and gives an alternate assessment of their knowledge.
4. A. Standardized tests provide a basis for comparing students of varying backgrounds.
5. D. Although student interests and behavior will determine appropriate policies, students should have very little hand in developing most policy statements.