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National Association of State Boards of Education - Board Duties in Review

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  • 1. INDIANA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
  • 2. 1. Review Roles & Responsibilities 2. Share State Best Practices 3. Discuss Logistical Issues 4. Next Steps CODE OF INDIANA, 20-19-2-14 2
  • 3. • Establish educational goals and develop standards/objectives for local school corps • Assess attainment of educational goals • Assure compliance with educational standards/objectives • Coordinate with Commission for Higher Education (“CHE”) and Department of Workforce Development (“DWD”) to develop entrepreneurship education programs for elementary, secondary, and higher ed and individuals in work force • Make recommendations to governor and general assembly concerning educational needs of state, including financial needs • Provide for reviews to ensure the validity and reliability of the ISTEP program. CODE OF INDIANA, 20-19-2-14 3
  • 4. Key Roles of State Boards of Education: Policymaker Advocate for Education Liaison Consensus Builder CODE OF INDIANA, 20-19-2-14 4
  • 5. Policymaker • Establish educational goals and develop standards/objectives for local school corps • Assess attainment of educational goals • Assure compliance with educational standards/objectives • Provide for reviews to ensure the validity and reliability of the ISTEP program. CODE OF INDIANA, 20-19-2-14 5
  • 6. Questions for Discussion: Do all the policy actors in Indiana have a clear idea of who does what? Do these policy makers work together in (relative) harmony? Does your consideration of new policies include a process to tie them to your strategic plan? After policies are adopted, do you go through a regular cycle of policy reviews – a comprehensive review of the policy, how it is working, and whether adjustments need to be made? CODE OF INDIANA, 20-19-2-14 6
  • 7. Advocate for Education • Make recommendations to governor and general assembly concerning educational needs of state, including financial needs CODE OF INDIANA, 20-19-2-14 7
  • 8. Questions for Discussion - How does our board use the public time on our agenda? Is it part of an intentional strategy to highlight what excellence for all students looks like? - Does your board have policies governing who speaks for the board? What about social media? CODE OF INDIANA, 20-19-2-14 8
  • 9. Liaison • Coordinate with Commission for Higher Education (“CHE”) and Department of Workforce Development (“DWD”) to develop entrepreneurship education programs for elementary, secondary, and higher ed and individuals in work force CODE OF INDIANA, 20-19-2-14 9
  • 10. Questions for Discussion Does the board have a formal approach for reaching out to other key policymakers: legislators, the Governor, teachers? How do we share responsibilities with other agencies that may have an impact on Indiana schools? CODE OF INDIANA, 20-19-2-14 10
  • 11. Consensus Builder CODE OF INDIANA, 20-19-2-14 11
  • 12. Logistical Issues 1. How is your agenda developed? • What are the long-term and short-term goals of the board? • When is the next evaluation & review of the board’s progress toward the goals? • What is the board’s process for addressing new and emerging issues? CODE OF INDIANA, 20-19-2-14 12
  • 13. Good board agendas Are directly related to the board’s mission and goals Include new information for board members Include consent agenda items - Make good use of members’ time. “Boards should have a clearly defined process for developing the agenda with specific criteria for adding items unrelated to the board’s objectives to the agenda. The board must be adamant in adhering to this process if it is to avoid an equivocal approach to policymaking.” CODE OF INDIANA, 20-19-2-14 13
  • 14. One Example: “A regular committee of Department staff, including the State Board Executive, Superintendent, and 4 Deputy Supers, proposes agenda items to an Agenda subcommittee of the board (Board President, VP, secretary, and any other board member who wants to participate.) As elected officials, the entire process must be transparent and open to the public” - Michigan CODE OF INDIANA, 20-19-2-14 14
  • 15. - Staffing Issues Most boards have staff Size ranges from 1 to 10 No consistency about whether staff report to the state superintendent or the board directly (but in many cases, the state superintendent is hired by the board) Growing trend – boards adding policy staff CODE OF INDIANA, 20-19-2-14 15
  • 16. Discussion CODE OF INDIANA, 20-19-2-14 16
  • 17. “A board must govern and discipline itself in a way that ensures a steadfast commitment to its mission and goals. The board that does not annually measure its progress and convey its policies as a part of a larger design for school and student improvement is frequently the board that finds itself under attack for ineffectiveness from the legislature, the governor’s office, and the public.” –“Board Self-Evaluation,” a NASBE publication CODE OF INDIANA, 20-19-2-14 17
  • 18. CODE OF INDIANA, 20-19-2-14 18
  • 19. CODE OF INDIANA, 20-19-2-14 19