Dr. Mary Bediako, Associate Auditor, Assistant Superintendent, Freeport Unified School District, Hempstead, New York.
Dr. Gayla Fredrickson, Associate Auditor, Professor, College of Education, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota.
Dr. Joy Torgerson, Associate Auditor, Elementary School Principal, Shawnee Mission School District, Shawnee Mission, Kansas.
Dr. Lynn Zinn, Associate Auditor, Educational Consultant, Port Matilda, Pennsylvania.
Biographical information about the auditors is found in the appendix.
System Purpose for Conducting the Audit
The purpose of the curriculum management audit was to enable the Clover Park School District Board of Directors, superintendent, and system officials to examine existing priorities and issues from the perspective of the curriculum audit standards. This independent external review is intended to assist those responsible in determining how best to meet emerging system needs for increased program specialization within a limited level of budget support.
Approach of the Audit
The Curriculum Management Audit has established itself as a process of integrity and candor in assessing public school districts. It has been presented as evidence in state and federal litigation concerning matters of school finance, general resource managerial effectiveness, and school desegregation efforts in Kansas, Kentucky, New Jersey, and South Carolina. The audit served as an important data source in state-directed takeovers of school systems in New Jersey and Kentucky. The curriculum management audit has become recognized internationally as an important, viable, and valid tool for the improvement of educational institutions and for the improvement of curriculum design and delivery.
The curriculum management audit represents a “systems” approach to educational improvement, that is, it considers the system as a whole rather than a collection of separate, discrete parts. The interrelationships of system components and their impact on overall quality of the organization in accomplishing its purposes are examined in order to “close the loop” in curriculum and instructional improvement.
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