ERIC Number: ED337873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
School Board Self-Evaluation: Charting a Path to the Future.
It is the school board alone that determines the quality of education provided within the school district. Without periodically examining its own performance, the board's capability to create a quality educational environment can be compromised. Evaluation is a control mechanism that allows the school board to make judgments about performance based on a set of predetermined and understood objectives. The function of school board self-evaluation is to improve the performance of others within the school district by improving the performance of the board itself. Eight reasons for self-evaluation of school boards are described and cited, based on the work of Kowalski (1981). They are to identify and clarify the board's purpose, to identify strengths and weaknesses, to assess successes and failures, to inform the public, to promote the concept of accountability, to avoid the abuse of power, to enhance the understanding of the purpose of evaluation, and to provide the framework for goalsetting. Further details are concerned with who evaluates school boards, the benefits and pitfalls of self-evaluation, appropriate criteria, and effective procedures. Two sets of guidelines are listed for school board self-evaluation. A discussion on individual board member and meeting evaluations concludes this paper. (RR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Texas Association of School Boards and the Texas Association of School Administrators (31st, Houston, TX, September 27-30, 1991).