Evaluation of the work of Tennessee school boards and their effect on student achievement
This study investigated school board minutes from the 2007-08 school year of select Tennessee school boards to determine the focus of school boards during that timeframe. The selected methodology was quantitative in design and involved coding school board minutes based on pre-selected topics of focus. This method was employed to determine the topics Tennessee school boards address, based on the minutes of their official meetings, and to investigate if any relationship exits between those topics and student achievement. Once a determination was made, as to the topics of focus by Tennessee school boards, data was evaluated to determine if a relationship exits between certain topics of focus and student achievement. Results indicated that Tennessee school boards focus mostly on four topics. These topics include finance; presentations, reports or discussions to or with the board; policy, directive or goal development/oversight/approval; and permissions. The results also indicated no relationship between any topic of focus by a school board in Tennessee and student achievement. Although, it was found that small school districts, those with less than 2000 students, are much more likely to make Adequate Yearly Progress than their larger counterparts. The implications of this research are that additional studies are needed. While this study adds to the limited quantitative research on school boards, it is apparent that this is a topic that remains grossly understudied.