1820 Board Self-Assessment

  • At the conclusion of each year, the board will assess its own per­formance in terms of generally accepted principles of successful board operations and in relation to its annual goals and objectives and Washington School Board Standards. The board self-assessment will address performance in the key function of school boards:

    A.  Board functions of responsible school district governance;
    B.  Communication of and commitment to high expectations for student learning;
    C.  Creating conditions district-wide for student and staff success;
    D.  Holding the district accountable for student learning; and
    E.  Engagement of the community in education.

    The results of the self-assessment will be used in setting goals for the subsequent year.

    Cross References:
    Board Policy
    1005  Key Functions of the Board
    1810  Annual Governance Goals and Objectives
    1822  Training and Development for Board Members 

    Management Resources:
    Policy News, Feb. 2012         Model Policies Aligned with Washington School Board Standards 

    ADOPTED:  05/17/1990
    REVISED: 01/28/98; 04/26/12

    Procedure No. 1820P Board Self Assessment

    Each individual board member will annually review the WSSDA Individual School Director Standards as a basis for assessing their own conduct as an elected representative of the board of directors.  Collectively, the board will assess its performance in terms of its five major functions:

     A.  Communication of and commitment to high expectations for student learning – The board will demonstrate responsibility for providing a community vision of its schools by:

    1. Working with the community to determine the district’s educational program and what students need to know and be able to do;
    2. Formulating educational goals based on community expectations and the needs of students;
    3. Encouraging leadership, instruction and assessment, curriculum development activities directed toward goals; and
    4. Annually reviewing the district’s progress and direction against its vision.

     B.  Responsible School District Governance – The board will demonstrate its responsibilities for establishing an organizational structure by:

    1. Enacting policies that provide a definite course of action;
    2. Monitoring the implementation of policies;
    3. Reviewing proposed labor agreements, staffing recommendations and staff evaluations;
    4. Formulating budgets; and
    5. Working to ensure a healthy learning and working environment that supports continuous improvement.

     C.  Creating conditions district-wide for student and staff success – The board will demonstrate accountability by:

    1. Employing and supporting quality teachers, administrators and other staff;
    2. Adopting and monitoring an annual budget that allocates resources based on the district’s vision, goals and priorities;
    3. Providing for learning essentials including rigorous curriculum, technology and high quality facilities;
    4. Providing for the safety and security all students and staff;
    5. Reviewing building and grounds maintenance and needs;
    6. Reviewing transportation services and other support services; and
    7. Initiating and reviewing internal and external audits.

     D.  Engagement of the Community in Education – The board will advocate for education and on behalf of students and their schools by:

    1. Keeping the community informed about its schools;
    2. Participating in school and community activities; and
    3. Encouraging citizen involvement in the schools.

     E.  Holding the district accountable for student learning – The board will oversee the district and superintendent’s performance by:

    1. Annually review district and school improvement plans;
    2. Developing written expectations for the superintendent and communicating those to the community; and
    3. Basing decisions about the superintendent’s contract on the objective evaluation of the superintendent’s achievement of performance expectations.

    ADOPTED:  08/28/1997
    REVISED:    04/26/12