Standard 5 - Common Performance Assessment

Washington Council of Educational Administration Programs (WCEAP)
Common Performance Assessment Guide for Principal and Program Administrator Certification in Washington State
Approved WCEAP September 24, 2011

Washington State Standard 5 Common Performance Assessment: Written Response to a Prompt about Fairness and Integrity in Leadership

1. Washington State Standard 5 - Ethical Leadership

A school or program administrator is an educational leader who has the knowledge, skills, and cultural competence to improve learning and achievement to ensure the success of each student by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.

2. Description of Task

The candidate responds to one or more program prompts regarding integrity-based decision-making embedded into each standard or as a stand-alone product.  For example, prompts might be like the following: How are ethics and fairness reflected in your practice as a leader across the six ISLLC standards? Given a hypothetical moral dilemma, describe how you would respond and why.

3. Product(s)

Products may vary among programs. Audience, format of presentation, and content will vary for each candidate based on location of internship..

Making Decisions about Moral/Ethical Dilemmas in Leadership

This product may vary in form (e.g., journal response, portfolio essay, or response embedded in another assignment) to address fairness and integrity in leadership when faced with difficult decisions, or moral/ethical dilemmas. The prompts may be related to each standard separately or to all standards in terms of how acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner spans the leader’s many roles.

4. Evidence

Programs gather evidence and assess performance using a rubric.

Conceptual Knowledge

In this product, the candidate may clearly articulate a definition of fairness and integrity in relation to the practice of educational leadership. The candidate may further describe nuances between moral and ethical dilemmas, right vs. right, and right vs. wrong decisions.

Applied Knowledge

This product allows the candidate an opportunity to describe specific actions that define integrity and fairness embedded within the practice of educational leadership. However, opportunities to apply knowledge related to this standard are demonstrated primarily on the job as an administrator and in preparation for Professional Certification.

Impact Evidence (focuses on the results of the administrator’s actions)

The potential evidence of impact related to acting with fairness, integrity, and in an ethical manner can be described in the product and in unique circumstances practiced fully in preparation for residency certification. However, opportunities to demonstrate impact related to this standard are primarily demonstrated on the job as a principal/program administrator and in preparation for Professional Certification.


The candidate’s product and reflective analysis should provide an opportunity to demonstrate and discuss dispositions: Intentional behavior that models, demonstrates, and expects integrity and fairness in leadership and teaching and learning practice can be summarized in the written product for this standard and as opportunities are presented during candidacy for residency certification. The candidate will demonstrate value of: The ideal of the common good; the principles in the Bill of Rights; the right of every student to a free, quality education; bringing ethical principles to the decision-making process; subordinating one's own interest to the good of the school community; accepting the consequences for upholding one's principles and actions; using the influence of one's office constructively and productively in the service of all students and their families; development of a caring school community.