Effective boards engage in a continuing process of self-assessment and use the results to identify opportunities for improvement. The board’s willingness to engage in self-assessment acts as a model for the rest of the district. It indicates that board members take their responsibilities seriously. Their interest in self-improvement sets a tone for others in the district to engage in an ongoing review of their own performance. This research-based instrument supports an effective school board evaluation process.
The North Dakota School Board Association Evaluation Framework of successful board practices is based on six dimensions of board competency (contextual, educational, interpersonal, analytical, and political). These board competencies were uncovered during the Trustee Demonstration Project, a five-year study involving trustee boards from more than 20 colleges, schools, and non-profit organizations in the United States.