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2008 Surveys of School Board Members
and Superintendents

In April 2008 the Illinois Association of School Boards conducted in-depth surveys of both school board members and district superintendents in Illinois.

Download summary of 2008 School Board Member Survey Responses (Adobe pdf)

Download summary of 2008 Superintendent Survey Responses (Adobe pdf)


About the Surveys

IASB distributed a lengthy questionnaire to the approximately 5,985 members of Illinois school boards. A separate questionnaire was distributed to about 855 district superintendents. Response rates were as follows:

1,699 board members responded, about 28 percent of the total population;

404 district superintendents responded, about 47 percent of the total population.

The Illinois School Board Member Survey consists of 146 variables in the following general categories:

School District Characteristics
Demographics - Personal and Family Information
Internet Usage
School Board Experience
Sources of Disappointment
Perceptions of Board Performance
Board Processes
Board Service and Turnover
Rating the Superintendent
Rate Your District
School Improvement
No Child Left Behind
The Future of Education
Foundational Principles
Workshops and Board Training
Division Meetings
IASB Publications
Delivery of Information
Calling on IASB Staff
Using IASB Services

The Illinois District Superintendent Survey consists of 120 variables in the following general categories:

School District Characteristics
Superintendent Demographics
Experiences on the Job
Internet Usage
School Board Practices
School District Policies
Perceptions of School Board
School Board Turnover
School District Rating
No Child Left Behind
The Future
School Board Training
IASB Workshops and Meetings
IASB Publications
Contacting IASB Staff
IASB Services
Delivery of Information

Thank You — IASB is grateful to the Western Illinois University Computer Center for assistance in tabulating responses from these surveys.

IASB also is indebted to the district superintendents in Illinois who helped with the distribution and collection of survey instruments. Thanks also to the school board members and superintendents who took the time to complete and return the lengthy surveys.


Copyright Information

The survey response summaries are copyrighted by the Illinois Association of School Boards. IASB hereby grants to school districts and other Internet users the right to download and print copies of these documents for their personal use, provided that (a) the Illinois Association of School Boards is noted as publisher and copyright holder and that (b) any such copies are not disseminated for charge or used for any commercial purpose.

Surveys of School Board Members and Superintendents

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