GACE Educational Leadership

GACE Educational Leadership Practice Questions

1. Collegial relationships among faculty and staff members will help ensure effective teaching, learning, and collaboration. As principal, which of the following will foster positive relationships and help promote a unified school vision?

A: Surveying faculty and staff members to elicit their opinions on a range of topics at the first faculty meeting of each quarter or semester.
B: Keeping an “open door policy” one or two days per week to allow faculty members the opportunity to share insights and opinions.
C: Surveying faculty and staff at each and every faculty meeting while also keeping a permanent “open door policy.”
D: Not eliciting opinions of faculty and staff before new program implementation.

2. Parents and caregivers are valuable assets to educational campuses and should be engaged in the education of their children. As principal, which of the following will provide a variety of opportunities to engage parents?

A: Send flyers home at the start of each quarter or semester announcing different school events.
B: Invite parents to school frequently to provide them with a host of meaningful volunteer opportunities that use their suggestions, as well as opportunities to visit classrooms.
C: Attend one PTO or PTA meeting every few months.
D: Provide parents with the chance to voice their opinions and suggestions.


3. At a high school special education eligibility meeting, a prior incident involving alcohol is discussed by the student’s mother. The parent demands to know what consequences were given to the other students. What is the proper response from the principal?

A: To tell the parent what consequences were given to all students involved.
B: To change the topic without answering her question.
C: To remind the parent what consequences were given to her child only, and to remind her that the purpose of the meeting is to determine special education eligibility, not to discuss breaches of conduct.
B: To ask her what she thinks the punishment should have been.

4. The principal is considering the adoption of podcasts in the foreign language curriculum. What are some of the appropriate steps the principal should take before deciding to purchase the required curriculum and ancillary materials?

A: Poll the faculty as a whole to elicit their opinions on the idea.
B: Survey the foreign language department to secure their opinions. Secondly, examine the economic trends that would warrant such a purchase. Finally, use current research in curriculum design to ensure podcasts would effectively meet the needs of all students.
C: Discuss the idea with the district’s foreign language coordinator and allow the coordinator to make the decision.
D: Poll the students to gauge their interest level in participating in a course that uses such a curriculum.

5. A high school principal is determining scheduling and staffing needs for the coming school year. In order to effectively meet the needs of all students, the principal should create the schedule based on:

A: The principal’s own agenda and preferences.
B: The number of students and faculty per grade level.
C: The equitable allotment of resources based on intense analysis of instructional needs.
D: Directives issued from central office or other high school principals.

6. An effective faculty or staff meeting has which of the following components:

A: an “open forum” orientation where staff members are free to choose the topics for discussion.
B: A rigid, agenda-based meeting that essentially consists of administrators lecturing and advising teachers of important upcoming dates and events.
C: A forum in which the principal addresses faculty concerns, discusses topics of interest, and provides meaningful professional development on a range of issues and content areas.
D: Infrequent meetings without structured agendas.

7. The principal of Smith Middle School would like to adopt a new set of manipulatives for the math curriculum. In order to effectively implement such a change, she will:

A: Deliver a set of manipulatives to each math teacher with an instruction manual.
B: Hold an in-service day to allow teachers the chance to familiarize themselves with the new ancillary material.
C: Give teachers the opportunity to attend the county-wide training over a two-day period where they can learn from teachers who already use the manipulatives.
D: Send all math teachers to the national manipulative training workshop for five days.

8. It has come to the attention of the principal of Holmes Elementary School that several faculty members have been stealing items from the supply closet. What are the appropriate steps for the principal to take?

A: Immediately report the teachers to the county offices for consequences.
B: Lock the supply cabinet and issue keys only to the administrative assistants in the building.
C: First confirm that the teachers are indeed taking supplies, and if the information is correct, devise a plan that will allow teachers to “order” supplies from the closet on a weekly or monthly basis. Also, address the bigger issue of teachers stealing items from their employers for non-work use.
D: Ask the custodians to monitor the supply closet.

9. An intruder enters a school building. Luckily, no one is hurt or injured and the intruder is captured by police. The principal was able to ensure no injuries or casualties in the crisis because he prepared by:

A: Verbally telling staff and students how to respond in a crisis.
B: Having a written crisis plan and safe evacuation route for all classrooms in the building and holding monthly crisis drills in which students and staff practice safe evacuation or protection for a variety of potential crises.
C: Reminding the staff at faculty meeting of the appropriate response to crises.
D: Posting the evacuation or protection plans on the school walls.

10. Over the past three years, there has been a thirty percent rise in the number of immigrant students. How can Ms. Rose best determine if the needs of these students are being met?

A: By examining the number of students who participate in extracurricular activities such as drama, band, and so forth.
B: By examining the number of immigrant students in special education.
C: By examining the number of students who participate in sports.
D: By examining the attrition rate of all students.

Answer Key

1. C. Consider the objective in this example: to foster positive and collegial relationships among faculty and staff members. A principal should implement strategies to ensure the development of collegial relationships and effective collaboration. As such, option D is not a good strategy to implement because it does not recognize the diverse needs and opinions of staff. Options A and B are valid, but only allow for faculty and staff communication on a periodic basis. Thus, option C is the correct answer because frequent and continuous communication will create and maintain collegial relationships among staff.
2. B. If we examine the identified outcome, the effective principal will give parents the chance to be engaged in the educational process of their children. Options A, C, and D do not provide parents with substantial or frequent opportunities to be involved in the educational process. Option B is the correct answer because parents will have frequent interaction with teachers, students, and administrators and will help the campus meet the needs of all students.
3. C. A principal should know how to act with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical and legal manner. The main issue in this scenario is one of confidentiality. It is against the confidentiality rights of other students to share their actions and discipline with other parents. Furthermore, a special education meeting is not the venue to discuss such issues with parents. To that end, the correct answer is C. The other choices do not follow any legal or ethical guidelines of school administrators.
4. B. The focus of this question is curriculum. A principal should know how to implement curricula that enhances teaching and learning. In order to achieve this goal, a principal must have a solid grasp of current best practices and research. Also, a principal must be aware of current economic and work place trends. While choices A, C, and D are all valid, the best answer is B because the principal uses the largest amount of background knowledge, while at the same time surveying the faculty in charge of the curriculum’s implementation.
5. C. Since the question clearly states that the goal is to effectively meet the needs of all students, choice A is not appropriate because the principal’s own agenda would most likely not benefit the students. Also, choice D would not work here because the students’ best interests are not the basis of making the decision. While choice B is definitely valid, there are more aspects to consider besides just the number in a grade or the number of teachers available. Therefore, choice C is the correct answer, since a principal should know how to allocate resources effectively and equitably.
6. C. The main purpose of a faculty meeting is to improve the performance of all staff members. Choices A and B do not allow for improvement among staff members, and choice D does not promote any positive growth in a school building. Choice C allows staff members to constructively share their concerns while at the same time hold interesting conversations and participate in professional development that, in the long run, will benefit the students.
7. C. In adopting a new piece of curriculum, it is important to remember to allocate appropriate time and funding for professional development. In this case, simply handing the teachers the new materials does not allow for appropriate reflection and adoption of new curriculum. Therefore, choice A is not the correct answer. Also, one in-service day consisting of only teachers at Smith Middle School does not ensure great teaching and learning for all students. Choice B is not a bad idea, but is not the best answer for this question. Finally, sending all the teachers to a national conference is not the best way to use funds and is not necessary in making a small change such as simply adding ancillary materials to a curriculum. As such, choice C is the correct answer; teachers will be afforded the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the manipulatives, while at the same time learn from colleagues who have already implemented the strategies in the classroom.
8. C. In order to manage human and material resources, a principal must be able to keep a level head and not make rash decisions. Principles should apply principles of effective leadership and management; therefore, choices A, B, and D are incorrect because they do not use staff resources appropriately. As with the previous issue of the assistant principal’s absenteeism, the issue here is that teachers are stealing from the school. Also, the principal must first be sure that such accusations are correct before taking strict steps to fix an issue that may or may not be present. Knowing how to correctly manage faculty is a crucial skill for any principal. As such, choice C is the correct answer.
9. B. A principal should implement strategies that enable the school physical plant to operate safely and effectively. The police do not need to be involved unless the perpetrator is actually caught. So while it would be appropriate to ask the police to monitor the building at night, daily stake outs are not necessary or a proper use of human resources. Neither should the school principal personally stake out the building. Therefore, choices A and C are not correct. Choice D is not appropriate because it puts other students at risk. Choice B is the correct answer because it addresses the concerns and gives students and faculty an active voice in keeping the facility clean.
10. B. The correct answer is B because it allows for the development and implementation of crisis procedures. Not only are the procedures clearly written to facilitate easy reference, but practice drills are also held to ensure successful implementation. Choices A and C are good reminders, but not good implementation. Choice D should not be an option, because the intruder should not be made aware of protection plans.