Online Board Self-Assessment
WSSDA’s Online Board Self-Assessment is an easy-to-use tool that helps school boards assess and strengthen their performance in governing for improved student learning.
The online tool offers a straightforward way for each board member to assess their board’s performance based on best practices outlined in the Washington School Board Standards.
Feedback from each board member is combined into a customized report that provides a clear view of how the board views its performance in specific areas. Research-based and scientifically validated, the assessment tool is designed by board members for board members and is available at no charge to school districts in Washington state.
The generated report shows outcomes over multiple years and becomes a powerful tool to measure growth and set goals for strengthening board practices, promoting a cycle of continuous improvement in board governance to advance student achievement.
A guide for analyzing your results is included in the report to assist with understanding and using the data to build goals. A detailed analysis and interpretation is available through WSSDA’s Board Consultancy Services.
Developed through funds from the Stuart Foundation and in partnership with The BERC Group and Anderson Data Solutions, the Online Board Self-Assessment has been tested and refined through pilot projects involving school boards and superintendents. It represents a cutting-edge approach to helping boards evaluate and improve the way they govern for student learning.
WSSDA sends the link to your district's personalized assessment each October. The board president may also contact us at any time to request board access to the self-assessment survey.
We encourage you to take advantage of this useful tool for building student success in your district.
What Members Say
The self-assessment allows us to compare ourselves and what we are doing to an ideal board. This honest comparison provides us with a direction in which we can improve. It is a great way to grow. — Myron Yolo, Wapato School Director, 2017 participant
The WSSDA board self-assessment results tell the board two important things, 1) where directors think the board needs to improve, and 2) where directors need more information to understand their district’s processes. Both of these are useful in goal setting." — Rob Coffey, Mount Vernon School Director, 2017 participant