The original purpose of this venture was to provide a tool for West Virginia county school board members to perform a mandated annual self-assessment on board effectiveness and to provide appropriate feedback to them. This tool was in the form of a survey instrument that captured both quantitative and qualitative data. A one-way ANOVA analysis, along with descriptive statistics, and an emergent category analysis were performed to interpret the data and provide the needed feedback to the school boards. However, a post-hoc analysis of this state-wide data (55 districts) revealed differences in the data between autonomous districts and those that had been taken-over by the West Virginia Board of Education. Specifically, board members in takeover districts were more negative in their views about the effectiveness of their boards’ functioning.
Cunningham, M., Damron, E., & Hanna, J. (2017). Education reform in West Virginia and the effect of district takeover. Article in the copy- editing process: Southeast Journal of Educational Administration, 17(1): 28-34.