Board decisions are frequently made in an information vacuum. When your superintendent wants to hire new staff, do you know how your current staff to student ratio compares to others? Do you know how the number of administrative personnel compare to other districts? Do you know how your academic scoring compares to other districts like yours?
These are critical data points that are left to individual board members to learn for themselves yet this information should be an integral part in every board members’ decisions. The Board of Education keeps copious statistics by district that can help you place your district in the context of comparable districts in the state.
Arm yourself with facts for the next staffing discussion or the next collective bargaining session. Familiarize yourself with the newly redesigned NH Department of Education’s website by attending a 1.5 hour SDGANH webinar:
Data Mining the DOE Website
Registration: $5 for non-members, payable online