EdTec has worked with more than 250 charter schools and has experienced wide levels of charter school board capacity. Some boards have the right mix of talent, clear goals and responsibilities; many others lack certain skill sets and need assistance with organizational direction.
Based on our extensive experience with charter school boards and our informed view of how charter school boards can most effectively support the organization, we have developed a Board Evaluation Scorecard that is used by the board to self-evaluate how well it is performing relative to a variety of benchmark standards.
There are a number of traditional weaknesses of charter school boards that the Board Evaluation Scorecard incorporates. Examples include:
- Board member skill sets in the areas of finance, legal, facilities, curriculum, and assessment.
- Organizational policies that guide board decision making.
- Clearly defined direction and responsibilities that help avoid a focus on mundane details as opposed to the big picture issues.
- Leadership and initiative which are essential for the board to make difficult decisions and remain accountable.
- Often boards defer to school leadership because they empathize with all the work that school staff are putting into the organization, neglecting the board's oversight responsibilities.
- Quality and timely information that enables the board to make sound decisions.