Accountability and Student Learning
The Association is aware of the differing levels of governance among school board members, however, due to the demand for accountability related to student achievement, boards must work collaboratively to effectively govern and support administration through monitoring, assessing, and responding to district-wide student performance data.
“School board members serve their local communities as stewards of public trust charged with making decisions that ensure all students have access to high quality learning experiences in efficient and well managed environments.”
- National School Boards Association
Why avoid data? Does fear of the data’s capacity to reveal strengths, weaknesses, failures, and success immobilize sound decision making? It appears that it is easier to avoid the subject at every level. Data almost always points to action; it is the enemy to our comfortable routines.