Date of Award

Spring 5-2017

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)

Department

Professional Studies in Education

First Advisor

David Piper

Second Advisor

Joseph F. Marcoline

Third Advisor

Crystal Machado

Abstract

According to the National School Board Association (2017b), school boards have a responsibility to foster high student achievement in their districts. The percentage of Pennsylvania public schools meeting student performance targets has steadily declined since the 2010-2011 school year. While many factors contribute to student achievement, the Pennsylvania School Board Association (2017b) reports that a school board that governs effectively has a positive effect on student achievement. Using Smoley’s (1999) Board Self-Assessment Questionnaire, this study incorporated the Pearson product moment correlation coefficient between the school board effectiveness rating and the school performance profile (SPP) score for each participating district and charter school. This study compared the board effectiveness ratings between district school boards and charter school boards as well as the correlations between school boards and their SPP scores. Each rating consists of six subsets of ratings: making decisions, functioning as a group, exercising authority, connecting to the community, working toward board improvement, and acting strategically. A comparison of subset data also occurred between district and charter schools. This study showed significant correlations between SPP scores and actions performed by school boards. This study also discovered specific actions by charter school boards with strong correlations between the SPP score and the board effectiveness rating as well as between five of the six subsets and the SPP score.

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