School Board Self-Assessments

Effective board work is a journey, not a destination. The quality of your board’s journey depends on the board team and how it works together in accomplishing its responsibilities. How can your board know how well it is functioning? One important way is through a regular method of reviewing board performance. IASB recommends that school boards conduct a thorough self-assessment annually.

A key step in the improvement process is for the board team to take time to assess their current level of achievement and set goals for their learning, growth, and focus. Choose one of the IASB self-assessments and/or work with an IASB staff member to help with tool selection and the board self-assessment process. Any of the self-assessments can be adapted to suit the needs of your board team.  

Customized workshops facilitated by an IASB staff member are also available.

Facilitation Tools

School Board Self-Assessment Facilitator’s Guide
This guide offers recommended steps for the self-assessment process.

Suggested Guiding Questions for Board Team Discussions
A critical part of the board self-assessment process is the discussion phase when board members come together to discuss assessment results. After the board shares and discusses ratings and answers to open-ended questions, the facilitator can use these guiding questions to conclude the discussion and plan future actions.

If you would like assistance on how to select and use the tools, or to discuss a customized workshop, please contact CJ Bloyer at cbloyer@ia-sb.org or (515) 246-7046.

Self-Assessments

Self-Assessment on Effective Board Standards
This board self-assessment is based on IASB’s Standards for Effective School Boards. The standards are designed as a common framework to encourage excellence in school board governance with an emphasis on student learning as the board’s primary responsibility. The assessment and follow-up whole board discussion give the board an opportunity to review performance on the six board standards and related competencies and plan for growth and focus for future board work. Download both the assessment form and the Standards for Effective School Boards handout, which will be used as a reference.
Self-Assessment on Effective Board Standards
Standards for Effective School Boards

Eight Traits of Effective School Boards
This board self-assessment is based on the research brief, Eight Traits of Effective School Boards, published by NSBA’s Center for Public Education. Together the research brief and self-assessment, along with a subsequent whole-board discussion, will help you reflect on the eight traits and your board team’s perceptions about the critical nature of this work. Download both the assessment form and the Eight Traits of Effective School Boards article, which will be used as part of the assessment process.
Self-Assessment on Eight Traits of Effective School Boards
Eight Traits of Effective School Boards, NSBA

Board Governance Operations
This tool is designed to provide you with a general assessment of your school board’s governance operations. The assessment results and subsequent whole-board discussion will help you determine where the board is effective in carrying out key responsibilities, and where your board might wish to improve.
Board Governance Operations Tool

Decision-Making, Relationships & Teamwork
The focus of this self-assessment is how your school board functions together. The assessment results and subsequent whole-board discussion will help you determine where the board is effective in carrying out key responsibilities, and where your board might wish to improve.
Self-Assessment on Decision-Making, Relationships & Teamwork