CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha County Board of Education gave itself average grades in its annual self-assessment, presented Monday during a special board meeting.
The West Virginia School Board Association administers the assessment, Executive Director Howard O'Cull said.
State law has required a self-assessment from every county since 2003, O'Cull said. Using 136 items clumped into 15 indicators on a scale from one to five, with one representing "not very effective" and five representing "highly effective," the board had an average score of about 3.9.
The board gave itself no rating that would qualify as "not very effective," O'Cull said, adding that is very common.
"With a self assessment, it's not really likely anyone's going to list themselves as not effective," Kanawha board member Robin Rector said. "I'm trying to figure out how to value this."
Based on the assessment, O'Cull thought there were seven areas where the board might want to concentrate in the future: communications, parent and community, influencing others, leadership, board development, employee relations and board expectations.
In those categories the board gave itself an average score of about 3.6.
O'Cull thought these areas were particularly interesting because responses from board members varied more than in other categories.
"I think the main thing to get out of this is . . . to the board, are there areas here that these questions raise by themselves that we need to take a look at?" he said.
The Kanawha board's rankings were lower than the state and region averages — the region includes other counties in a school system's Regional Educational Service Agency — in nine of the 15 categories. Although O'Cull believes region and state comparisons are not as beneficial as an individual county's data, Rector thought the relation could be noteworthy.