2019 School Board Awards Criteria/Procedures

  • Nominations

    Any Texas superintendent of schools who is a member of TASA and who has been serving in his/her current position since at least July 1, 2017, other than the TASA president at the time the awards will be made, may nominate his/her board of trustees by collecting and submitting data supportive of the criteria.

    The 2019 awards recognize the work of school boards during the 2018-19 school year, so board members included in the nomination should be those who served on the board during the bulk of the 2018-19 academic year, even if there is a change in board membership at the end of the school year.

    No board may repeat as an Outstanding Board or Honor Board more often than once every five years. (A board named as the Outstanding Board or as an Honor Board in 2015 or later is not eligible to be nominated in 2019.)


    Submitted materials must adhere to the following guidelines to make the contest competitive to all districts:

    • Entries are limited to one binder, folder, or notebook with 8.5-x-11-inch pages. Oversized materials will be rejected at the regional level.
    • Total number of pages must not exceed 60, excluding title pages and section dividers. Each page that contains information counts as one page; e.g., if information is included on both sides of a sheet, two pages are counted. Biographical information, including photo if desired, shall be limited to not more than one-half page per board member. Publication samples, such as newsletters, and documentary evidence shall count as only one page if attached to a page or inserted in a sleeve within the submitted entry.
    • Entries should be divided into 10 sections — one for each corresponding criterion — in the order that the criteria are stated below.
    • Audiovisual materials, such as slides or video presentations, will not be accepted.

    Judging Criteria


    The following criteria serve as the basis for selection of the Outstanding Board and Honor Boards. Listed under each criterion are examples of documentation and materials that districts may wish to include as evidence. The number in parenthesis following each criterion indicates the maximum possible points for that criterion (total maximum possible = 220 points).

    1. Functions as a policy-making body (20)

    • policies established or revised by the board in the last two years
    • evaluation time and support allowed for new board policies prior to making judgments and alterations
    • active school board support for the superintendent and other school personnel in carrying out policies
    • input from professional staff and/or patrons into the policy-making process

    2. Adherence to adopted board policies (30)

    • formal procedures for initiating, adopting, or changing board policies
    • frequency of policy review, including last date of review and revision
    • procedure for updating and maintaining policy book
    • board decisions based on policy statements that have been implemented when such action was opposed by others
    • availability of board policies to district personnel and the community

    3. Support for educational performance in accordance with state-established standards (30)

    • descriptive data that profiles student performance and gains in student performance
    • evidence of support for programs that contribute to high performance at district and campus levels
    • examples of recognition received for educational performance
    • trends in student performance and evidence of support for efforts to correct deficiencies in student performance

    4. Support for educational improvement projects and school transformation initiatives (40)

    • approval of long-range plans for curriculum design and revisions and other phases of the academic program
    • evidence of technology integrated into the learning process
    • support for innovative programs initiated by the district
    • evidence of student engagement
    • evidence of exemplary student performance
    • evidence of long-term planning for school improvement
    • support for bond elections, facility planning, and other district improvement plans

    5. Commitment to a code of ethics (20)

    • copy of the board's code of ethics
    • evidence of ethical practices adhered to in dealing with the professional staff both collectively and individually
    • evidence of ethical considerations in dealing with professional contracts, grievances, and dismissal procedures
    • demonstrations of commitment on the part of each board member to the “Ethics for School Board Members” published by the Texas Association of School Boards, or a code of ethics developed and adopted by the board itself

    6. Provision of financial support for the school system (20)

    • statement showing total taxable base of district; applied tax rate; average expenditure per child in the district; adequacy of facilities, educational programs, and employee salaries and benefits; and efforts being made to finance schools
    • evidence of efficient business management practices
    • trends indicating financial support for educational programs

    7. Participation in workshops and other performance improvement programs (20)

    • association membership and participation
    • encouragement of professional staff to participate in activities designed to improve performance
    •  specific workshops, conventions, or other training programs board members have attended in recent years, including evidence of completion of required board member training
    • support of professional development opportunities for the superintendent

    8. Placement of the welfare of children served by the school system above personal or political motives (20)

    • support of potentially unpopular actions when those actions are clearly to the benefit of the district and its children
    • examples of placing dedication to the school system above special favors and policy exceptions

    9. Public relations efforts, including community awareness (10)

    • copies of newsletters or news clippings illustrating the school district's efforts to convey information on procedure and policy to the community
    •  examples of publications and digital communications aimed at informing the community about the board and the district, as well as actions affecting local public schools
    • evidence of efforts to obtain community input and/community engagement in decision making

    10. Maintenance of harmonious and supportive relationships among board members (10)

    • statements from individual board members and news media personnel testifying to the harmonious working relationship among board members
    • indications of unified action by the board, including evidence of effective resolution of differences


    1. Nominations must be submitted to the district’s regional education service center by the posted deadline.

    2. The service center executive director will appoint a selection committee made up of five TASA members in the region, including the region's TASA Executive Committee member or another member designated by the TASA president, to choose one board to represent the region. (Only members of TASA shall serve on the selection committees. No member of a selection committee shall be from a school whose board is being considered.)

    3. If a service center receives nominations from districts having fewer than 1,000 students, the selection committee must forward one nomination from that size category as well as one nomination, if any received, from districts having more than 1,000 students, provided such nominations meet all guidelines and are considered acceptable as regional nominees by the selection committee. If the service center receives nominations in one size category only, the selection committee must choose one board to represent the region.

    4. Submissions of regional winners must be forwarded to the TASA executive director by the posted deadline. Submissions should include a completed nomination form and the nominees' notebooks (as described above).

    5. TASA's School Board Awards Committee, appointed by the president of TASA, will review the regional winners and select not more than five boards to be named and recognized as Honor Boards for the year.

    6. The School Board Awards Committee will interview each of the Honor Boards at the TASA/TASB Annual Convention prior to selecting the Outstanding School Board, which will be named during the convention.

    Contact: Amy Francisco, Director, Communications and Media Relations

2019 Related Dates

  • June 14, 2019
    District submissions due to district's Regional ESC

    July 12, 2019
    Regional school board nominations due to TASA from ESCs

    By August 9, 2019
    TASA School Board Awards Committee announces five Texas Honor School Boards

    September 20, 2019
    Texas Outstanding School Board named at TASA/TASB Convention in Dallas