Make sure your board is asking the following questions about itself as well as its superintendent and staff in order to make sure you have implemented a clear strategy for effective accountability.
Accountability Questions the School Board Should Ask Itself
- How do we ensure that our policy and budget decisions are research-based and data-driven?
- How do we recognize and reward students, teachers, and schools that meet or exceed student performance standards?
- What are the consequences and interventions for students, teachers, and schools that have not met standards?
- How are achievement measures and results reported to teachers, parents, and the public?
- What role do student achievement results play in the evaluation of the superintendent?
- How does the school board evaluate itself in terms of student achievement?
Accountability Questions the School Board Should Ask the Superintendent and Staff
- Do we have an information system that provides adequate data for accountability?
- How do staff and students learn what is expected of them?
- How is success or failure assessed?
- What are the system’s rewards and consequences for success and failure?
- How do student achievement results factor into staff evaluations?