TASB Updates Board Assessment Tool to Promote Excellent Governance

by Sylvia Wood

School boards across Texas have a new way to help determine their areas of strength and opportunities for growth with the release of a revamped assessment tool that TASB is making available to all members.

The new Texas School Board Self-Assessment (myTASB login required) aligns with the State Board of Education’s Framework for School Board Development, which requires school boards to annually assess their “development needs both as a corporate body and as individuals.” 

“As school boards prepare for the new school year, we wanted to revamp this assessment tool so that trustees have the insights they need to grow as a team to effectively serve the 5.4 million public school children in their care,” said TASB Associate Executive Director of Member Services Carolyn Counce. “This new assessment tool is a great way to launch that important work.”

She noted that the release of the Texas School Board Self-Assessment was set after the May school board elections, as many boards are welcoming new trustees and seeking ways to build an effective working relationship. “Summer is a great time to take the assessment and start determining those areas to focus on as a team,” Counce said.

The new assessment marks the first time in five years that TASB has updated its tool, offered free as part of its services to member districts.

Using a survey format, the Texas School Board Self-Assessment takes trustees through a series of five topic areas that align with the Framework for School Board Development with specific questions under each topic:

  1. Vision and Goals
  2. Systems and Processes
  3. Progress and Accountability
  4. Advocacy and Engagement
  5. Teamwork and Synergy

In developing the questions, TASB experts considered the requirements of the state’s Framework, as well as feedback from some members that helped test the tool. To get started with the assessment, fill out the request form (log in using your myTASB credentials).

Counce said the best way for school boards to use the assessment is to request that all trustees take the survey. Upon completion, a confidential report is generated and shared with the entire board with some next steps to consider.

“Taking the assessment is a first step to building a stronger board,” she said. “If a school board wants to dive deeper into specific areas, TASB offers training and consulting that’s designed to meet each governance team’s unique needs and ensure the board has the tools and knowledge to improve student outcomes.”

This article was first published June 10, 2022. 

Texas School Board Self-Assessment

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