Governance Review Committee

School Board Governance: A Focus on Achievement

Report of the Governance Review Committee to the Minister of Education of Ontario

In general, the committee found many strengths in the current system, but it also identified some areas for improvement in its report.

Overall, the report recommends that the government clarify the mandate and duties of school boards. That mandate includes promoting student achievement and well being, delivering effective and appropriate programs, and ensuring that the board's resources are well managed.

Some highlights of its recommendations include:

  • Clarifying the roles of individual trustees, board chairs and directors of education
  • Requiring multi-year strategic plans that include goals for student outcomes
  • Requiring public annual reports from the boards on their progress in meeting their strategic plans and in providing transparent and sound governance
  • Directing the government to develop a code of conduct for trustees and requiring boards to adopt that code of conduct for all board members
  • Developing accessible and affordable professional development opportunities for school trustees to increase their knowledge of good governance practices
  • Setting out principles that would guide the drafting of provincial interest regulations; these would direct how the ministry would get more involved when a board is not achieving the goals of its strategic plan.

This document is available in PDF format (2.0 MB).