PSBA’s Principles for Governance and Leadership (2022) encourage school directors to Evaluate Continuously by making informed decisions, evaluating the superintendent annually, focusing on student growth and achievement, and reviewing the effectiveness of the district’s comprehensive and strategic plans. Under the principle Evaluate Continuously, school boards are encouraged to conduct a board self-assessment on a recurring basis.
A school board is responsible for holding the superintendent accountable for the day-to-day operations of the district; for making progress toward the strategic vision set forth by the board; and for the district’s overall performance. The board, in turn, is accountable to the district’s stakeholders for proper governance and oversight of the school system. As the public school system has an array of stakeholders – students, staff, parents, community members, business owners – there is not a singular next level of accountability for school boards. As a result, it becomes incumbent upon the board to hold itself accountable for its own performance.
Centered around PSBA’s Principles for Governance and Leadership, the Board Self-Assessment (BSA) provides each member of the school board, including the superintendent, an opportunity to evaluate the current collective performance of your school board openly, honestly and confidentially. After completing the digital survey, the board’s project manager will receive a BSA Survey Report highlighting the identified areas of strength and areas for growth as well as a Professional Development Guide focusing on opportunities available to the Team of 10 for future development. This service is complimentary for all PSBA member districts annually.
Additionally, you may also request that a PSBA professional meet with your board either in person or virtually to facilitate a BSA Discussion of Results. The time will be spent reviewing the BSA Survey Report as a team and discussing what the results reflect regarding the current state of your school board. It concludes with a review of the Professional Development Guide and a discussion around the resources available to assist your board in moving forward.
If you are interested in learning more about PSBA’s Board Self-Assessment or would like to submit a request to begin the process, please complete the form below and a PSBA professional will contact you shortly.