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The School Board Plays a Pivotal Role in Improving Student Achievement

American School Board Journal

April 2016

Authors: Gary R. Brochu

“Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought with ardor and attended to with diligence.” — Abigail Adams

Barely a week goes by without the reporting of our ongoing and seemingly endless national debate about public education and the quality of our nations’ schools. This debate typically invokes such topics as testing, curriculum, funding, standards, parental involvement, teacher quality, and a myriad of school-related topics.

Only rarely does this national conversation turn to school boards and their role—positive or negative—in improving student achievement. School boards are a unique American institution, statutorily empowered with the responsibility of governing our public schools. Yet they are often an afterthought when it comes to discussions about the quality of the education provided to our children.

Is the ignored role of school boards in improving student achievement an earned one? Can school boards play a meaningful and valuable role in the improvement of student achievement?

The short answer to the question is, yes, school boards can and do make a difference. Current research contains a number of studies that conclude that school boards do have an impact on student achievement. This research also identifies common characteristics of the high-performing boards and points to best practices that facilitate high student achievement.

Below are some of the characteristics of school boards that support high student achievement.

Read the rest of the article here.

Reprinted with permission from American School Board Journal, April 2016. Copyright 2016 National School Boards Association. All rights reserved.

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