U.S. school board members invited to take part in international survey on school governance

Universities’ researchers examining boards’ impact on student achievement, importance of local decision making


American’s local school board members are invited to participate in an international study of school board members in the United States and five other countries.

The results of this study will significantly add to our knowledge base about the governance factors that positively impact student achievement as well as raise awareness about the importance of increased support for local school boards and their state/national associations.

Preliminary research with educationally high-performing countries is very clear: There are substantive gains in student achievement when decisions about public education are made closer to the local level of governance.

If you are willing to take the survey, just click on the link below, read and complete the survey, then click the button at the end to submit your answers. A code number will be assigned to your submission, which will keep your responses linked to your city, district, and state but it will not be linked to you as an individual and the information will not be disaggregated at any level other than state and nation. Your participation is completely anonymous.

Link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G7ZNCP9

This survey has great potential for advancing the status and importance of local school governance. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.

The researchers are hoping to have 50 percent of the board members in every state participate, so your participation is very important. Contact names and information are provided in the introduction to the survey if you have any questions.

From: Meredith Mountford, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership & Research Methodology, Florida Atlantic University

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