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NISD CORNER - Always evaluating – from A to Z

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Posted: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 2:25 pm

One thing I have learned about school boards is that we are constantly in a state of evaluation. Even when we feel that we have hired the very best personnel for any position, we are always monitoring closely. Not in an overbearing way, but more like keeping an eye on what’s happening.

Our teachers are continually evaluating the students, monitoring their educational progress. Whether we like it or not, state mandated tests are a way of evaluating our performance by campus and as a district. Sometimes, I feel like we are over-evaluating our students. Personally, I’d like to see teachers have more time to teach and spend less time testing, compiling data and reporting, but that’s not up to the board.

It’s all a part of the evaluation process for the board and there is much work and consideration that goes into it all. It’s not just part of our job; it’s a big part of what we are elected to do. And the public is persistently evaluating the board.

Ultimately, there comes the time when we have to face our evaluators and answer for our performance. For school board members it’s an election. For NISD’s professional employees, it’s the annual evaluation time frame that is quickly approaching in the coming months.

Our focus is always driven by one thing, what is best for the students of Navasota ISD. There are many external and internal factors that influence our decisions, but it all begins and ends with the students’ best interests. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters.

One of our current board members once said something that resonated in my mind.

He said, “The school board watches through a telescope, the superintendent watches through a magnifying glass and principals watch through a microscope.”

 If we all do our job, the evaluation process works and we can make the best, most informed decisions for the district.

Be a part of the solution. We are Navasota!

Greg Mock is the president of the NISD Board of Trustees.

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