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Reform System Leadership & Governance

Action Steps

  • State policy will create a framework that defines the goals for the entire educational system, ensuring equitable distribution of resources and holding districts accountable for meeting system-wide goals. In addition, the state will provide the training and technical assistance to support educators in providing student-centered, mastery-based learning opportunities to students.
  • The state will clearly delineate leadership roles, including the following:
  • The Superintendent answers to the Board of Education.
  • The Board of Education makes decisions regarding policy matters, the annual budget, the hiring, supervision and evaluation of the Superintendent.
  • The Superintendent contract duration will be increased from a limit of three years to a limit of five years to ensure consistent leadership.
  • The evaluation of school system and school leaders will be based on their success in leading transformation efforts as well as on their success in growing student outcomes.
  • Enhance stability and sustainability of the leadership of superintendents, principals, and teacher leaders in a school system.
  • The state and higher education should review leadership preparation programs to increase the probability that graduates will actually serve as transformational leaders in districts.
  • The state, higher education, and districts should review leadership programs to ensure the knowledge and skills needed to be transformational leaders are included in the programs.