I don't think they were candid at all. Their assessment of their own work was completely without any objectively measurable outcomes, without any metrics, and without any benchmarks. It was not accountability. So the Board, who says that they will hold themselves accountable, did not bring any accountability to the evaluation of their own work.
So no one will be surprised to hear that the Board gave themselves high marks. Shocked, yes. Appalled, certainly. Incensed, very likely, but not surprised. Here's what they had to say about their own work:
The Board has succeeded in addressing many significant challenges this year. The Board took decisive action to terminate the employment of the previous Superintendent and the Chief Financial and Operating Officer. During this challenging time, the Board worked together very well, led a thoughtful investigation and decision-making process, maintained confidential information, and was able to quickly restore stability to District operations.
The Board has also led other important efforts this past year, including the comprehensive response to recent audits, addressing significant budget shortfalls, development of new oversight policies, and establishment of an employee ethics program. Board Directors all demonstrate a strong commitment to the work of the District and to improving academic opportunities for all students. Directors continue to devote significant amounts of time each week to their role on the Board. Diversity of opinion, respect, and open communication among Directors were also identified as areas of strength for the Board.
In the coming year, the Board should focus on implementation of new governance policies, be mindful of the line between governance and management, and improve its adherence to communication protocols. The Board should also review how it conducts its legislative meetings to ensure they are as effective and time-efficient as possible. The Board also has an ambitious agenda of continuing the updating, reorganization and consolidation of District policies, which will require time and focus to complete.
The Board congratulates itself for leading the audit response, addressing significant budget shortfalls, developing new oversight policies, and establishing an employee ethics program without ever scolding itself for the failures that made this work necessary.
I liked this part: "Directors continue to devote significant amounts of time each week to their role on the Board." as if logging hours were admirable despite their failure to do any of their work. Seriously, if the nicest thing you can say about yourself is that you showed up, that is damning with weak praise.
One more thing. The timing of the annual evaluation is dreadful. They want to base it, in large part, on MSL and HSPE scores, but they don't have any recent ones. Shouldn't this assessment be done in November instead when the state test results are known and analysed?