Although board self-assessment is not a requirement under Ohio Revised Code, many boards find that assessing their own work as a governance group serves multiple purposes. It allows for open discussion about progress made toward district goals and objectives. It also gives the board a chance to discuss how they're working together as a team with their superintendent and treasurer, and whether the processes and protocols they've agreed to as a group are working.
Board self-assessment can and should be aligned to the same schedule and calendar as that for the superintendent and treasurer. Reviewing progress as a board in the summer before setting new objectives for the coming academic year is a timeline that is most beneficial.
OSBA has designed a set of five objective standards that align with the Ohio superintendent and Ohio treasurer standards. These are recommended for boards to consider as they work on self-assessment:
- Responsible school district governance
- Communication of and commitment to high expectations
- Creation of district wide conditions for student and staff success
- District accountability in all areas
- Engagement of all community members