Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE)


The Florida Legislature and State Board of Education recognize that the capacity and quality of Florida's educational leaders are critical factors in the overall level of educational excellence in Florida's public school system. In order to ensure that each of Florida's educational leaders possess the competencies and skills necessary to achieve the state's education goals, the State Board of Education requires that candidates seeking certification in Educational Leadership demonstrate a mastery of the Florida Principal Leadership Standards as defined in SBE Rule 6A-5.080 Link opens in a new window.. These standards serve as Florida's core expectations for effective school administrators and are based on contemporary research on multi-dimensional school leadership. They represent skill sets and knowledge bases needed in effective schools. The Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE) is aligned to these standards and allows candidates seeking certification in Educational Leadership to demonstrate mastery of the requisite competencies and skills.

The FELE is designed to measure prospective school administrators' achievement of the benchmarks established by the Florida State Board of Education as stated in Rule 6A-4.00821, F.A.C. Link opens in a new window., and published in the Competencies and Skills Required for Certification in Educational Leadership in Florida Link opens in a new window.. The FELE consists of three subtests covering 13 domains of core curriculum in Educational Leadership. Certification testing requirements are set forth in Florida Statute 1012.56 Link opens in a new window., and candidates seeking certification in Educational Leadership are required by Florida State Board of Education Rule to take and pass all subtests of the FELE.

All FELE test development activities, including the writing of assessment items, are facilitated by the Department using statewide committees of subject matter experts (SMEs) from Florida's colleges, universities, and school districts representing all regions of the state. All FELE tests are developed using processes that are consistent with national standards and best practices for developing large-scale examinations as articulated in Standards For Educational and Psychological Testing (American Educational Research Association [AERA], American Psychological Association [APA], National Council on Measurement in Education [NCME], 2014).

Test Redevelopment

In November 2012, the State Board of Education approved new competencies and skills for the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE), and in 2014 the FELE was redeveloped to align to these new competencies and skills. In early 2013, prior to the implementation of the redeveloped FELE, information pertaining to forthcoming changes was provided via memo PDF Document to Florida school districts, deans and directors of college and university education programs, and other parties and was also available on the State Board of Education website. New passing scores were established for the redeveloped FELE by a committee of content experts representing various regions of the state, and the State Board of Education approved these new passing scores in its November 2014 meeting. The new passing scores for all FELE subtests became effective on January 1, 2015, per State Board Rule 6A-4.00821. The agenda from the November 18, 2014, State Board of Education meeting PDF Document includes the recommended passing scores and the projected passing rates. All examinees taking the FELE after January 1, 2015, are subject to the new (current) passing scores.

The current passing scores were recommended by committees composed of subject matter experts from Florida's colleges, universities, and school districts representing all regions of the state. These content experts, representing the educational leadership profession in Florida, ensured that all test materials—including competencies and skills, test questions, and passing score recommendations—were fully aligned to Florida standards and placed at an appropriate level for the Beginning Effective School Administrator Candidate (BESAC). These representatives of the profession also established the level of rigor and complexity for the FELE to ensure that school administrator candidates possess the appropriate level of proficiency and knowledge to effectively lead Florida's schools.

Policies of Florida's School Leadership Programs

Requirements for Florida's School Leadership Programs are written into State Board Rule 6A-5.081 Link opens in a new window.. The Bureau of Postsecondary Assessment cannot speak to these requirements in detail; however, if you have questions, you may contact the Florida Department of Education's Bureau of Educator Recruitment, Development & Retention at (850) 245-0435.

FELE Testing Materials and Resources

The Department of Education produces test information guides that provide a general overview of each examination and can be of assistance in your efforts to create a plan of study for your next test session. These guides are the only materials the Department endorses and are updated to reflect current test content and standards. They are intended to provide information to examinees taking an examination by presenting an overview of the content and format of the examination. Included in the test information guide, you will find the test blueprint, competencies and skills, and sample test items to help you prepare for the examination.

The test information guide also contains an annotated bibliography that lists text books and other resources that would address specific competencies covered by the FELE. These references have been fully vetted with committees of subject matter experts in the field of educational leadership and may be helpful when studying specific competencies for which you may have demonstrated weak performance, as identified within the "Detailed Performance Analysis" page of the score report you received after testing. (Assistance in understanding your score report and the individual scores can also be found on the Understanding Your Scores page of this website.) Note: The Florida Department of Education does not endorse these references as the only appropriate sources for review; many comparable texts currently used in state-approved teacher preparation programs also cover the competencies and skills that are tested on the examination.

The online FELE Written Performance resource page Link opens in a new window. also includes several resources intended to further aid examinees in their individual test preparation efforts. These additional resources include an overview of the FELE written performance assessment, rubric and scoring information, sample prompts, and examples of supplemental rating criteria. Note that the test information guides and other Department-produced resources are not intended as all-inclusive sources of content or pedagogical knowledge, nor are they substitutes for college course work.

More Information

For information regarding scale scores, pass rates, scoring methods, etc., please see About the FTCE/FELE: Scoring and Reporting.