ERIC Number: ED395365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
The Evaluation Role of School Boards: A Superintendent's Perspective.
Horn, John D.
This handbook offers observations from the superintendent's viewpoint about the evaluation responsibilities of school board members and school boards. The handbook describes important features of the evaluation role of school boards and offers a detailed description of what the board should evaluate within the context of the districts--who the board should evaluate and which aspect of school operations it should assess. It is argued that boards should be responsible for focusing on the following areas: mission and priorities; values, beliefs, and philosophies; curriculum; planning and continuous improvement initiatives; relationships among system components; policy development and review; and support systems. The handbook asserts that the focus of evaluation roles is more on raising the right questions than on promoting answers. In general, boards should pay more evaluative attention to those aspects of school governance that hold more promise for long-term improvements. (Contains 13 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Board of Education Role, Boards of Education, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Superintendents
CREATE, The Evaluation Center, WMU, 401B Ellsworth Hall, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5178.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research in Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation (CREATE), Kalamazoo, MI.