Written Performance Assessment
FELE Written Performance Assessment (Subtest 3)
OverviewThe written performance assessment (WPA) is part of FELE Subtest 3 and is intended to measure prospective educational leaders' and administrators' ability to analyze and interpret educational data, as well as the efficacy of their written communication. Specifically, examinees will be asked to respond to a prompt related to student achievement data as it applies to a given school type (i.e., elementary school, high school). For more information on the WPA prompt, please see the Sample Prompts section below.
Rubric and ScoringThe FELE Rubric (PDF) is a guide for scoring. This rubric identifies performance features to be judged, including the criteria for evaluating those features, and describes how performance varies across the scoring scale. Written responses are scored using a 6-point rubric (6 is the highest possible score point, 1 the lowest). This rubric applies to all responses for the WPA on Subtest 3 of the FELE.
For scoring purposes, anchor papers are provided to FELE raters to assist with the rating process. Anchor papers have been determined by FELE subject matter experts to solidly represent each score point on the rubric.
The WPA written responses are evaluated for content accuracy, data trend analysis, organization, appropriate audience level, and grammar. Three elements (rubric, prompts, and the supplemental rating criteria for the prompts) are used by two separate FELE raters to independently score responses. If the raters' scores differ by more than one point, a FELE Chief Rater resolves the discrepancy.
Three sample prompts are available below. Additional sample prompts as well as passing and non-passing sample responses are available for review in the FELE Test Information Guide on the FTCE/FELE testing contractor's website. Each sample prompt serves as a representation of the type of prompt examinees may encounter in the written performance assessment section on Subtest 3 of the FELE. The sample prompts will NOT appear on any of the FELE test forms; they are examples only.
- Sample Prompt #1: High School ABC (PDF)
- Sample Prompt #2: Middle School CDE (PDF)
- Sample Prompt #3: Weekly Test Scores (PDF)
Supplemental Rating Criteria for Sample Prompts
The supplemental rating criteria (SRC) details elements which should be present in a written response to achieve a particular score. Because these elements depend upon the wording of the prompt, the criteria are specific to a corresponding prompt. The criteria will be used by FELE raters as a supplement to the FELE rubric in order to determine the score of a given written response. The following supplemental rating criteria are associated with the above sample prompts.
- Sample SRC for Sample Prompt #1: High School ABC (PDF)
- Sample SRC for Sample Prompt #2: Middle School CDE (PDF)
- Sample SRC for Sample Prompt #3: Weekly Test Scores (PDF)
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