School superintendents in Illinois are certified once they pass the ICTS Superintendent Test. This is a standardized, criterion-referenced, objective-based test created according to the Content Area Standards for Educators. The test consists of 125 multiple-choice questions covering three key subareas of information: Facilitating a Vision of Educational Excellence; Communication, Collaboration, and Community Leadership; and Resource Management and School Governance.
There are 18 objective statements included in the three subareas of the exam. The objective statements are broadly defined terms that are accompanied by specific descriptive statements that provide opportunities to recognize and demonstrate the skills of a superintendent. Passing the ICTS Superintendent Test requires a total score of 240 or higher. Test takers are mailed their performance reports four weeks after taking the test. The reports include a score for each subarea of the test as well as the total score.
Last Updated: 06/26/2014