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  • 5.

    Recall past decisions on similar issues, thus avoiding contradictory actions, and

  • 6.

    Serve as a framework for the systematic evaluation of all professional staff, including the superintendent, and require the development and execution of professional development plans based on the evaluations.

The Clover Park School District board of directors’ authority to adopt and amend policy is stipulated in Board Policy 1301, Adoption and Amendment of Policies.

Governance Functions: The following actions are recommended to the Clover Park School District Board of Directors:

G.1.1: Direct the development of and adopt board policy that requires an aligned written, tested, and taught curriculum. Include the supporting rationale for such unity in the policy.

G.1.2: Direct the development of and adopt board policy that sets forth a philosophical position regarding acceptable approaches to curriculum design.

G.1.3: Direct the development of and adopt board policy that requires connection of all district-wide planning efforts and documents, including but not limited to, the district’s strategic plan, the annual district-wide and campus improvement plans, the staff development plan, and the district technology plan. Require the planning process to be driven by a comprehensive needs assessment.

G.1.4: Direct the development of and adopt board policy that requires a written curriculum for all subject areas at all grade levels and specifies content area emphasis, where applicable.

G.1.5: Direct the development of and adopt board policy that requires the meaningful alignment of instructional resources (including textbooks) and program/innovation implementation with curriculum and assessment.

G.1.6: Direct the development of and adopt board policy that provides for the systematic and uniform delivery of the curriculum across the district. Include in the policy a statement that directs the superintendent to create a district wide curriculum scope and sequence (administrative procedure) to ensure that the approved curriculum is coordinated laterally across all campuses as well as in classes within each campus (i.e., grade 3 reading, American history) and articulated from one grade level to the next (i.e., reading in grade 3 to grade 4) and from course to another when requisite skills and/or knowledge are critical (i.e., Algebra I and Algebra II).

G.1.7: Direct the development of and adopt board policy that addresses accountability for delivery of the curriculum and revise the current policy on staff development to require that all staff development be curriculum-related and needs-based.

G.1.8: Direct the development of and adopt board policy that establishes clear expectations and administrative responsibilities regarding monitoring the curriculum.

G.1.9: Direct the development of and adopt board policy that communicates a very clear message of the Board’s expectations for equitable curriculum access and delivery to all students.

G.1.10: Expand the current board policy on program evaluation to create a coordinated program of student assessment, program evaluation, and institutional effectiveness to serve as a foundation for data-driven decisions. Include a statement in the policy that requires periodic reporting of results and respective actions to the Board of Directors.

G.1.11: Direct the development of and adopt board policy that directs the administration to establish a curriculum-driven budget process that links the allocation of financial resources to curricular priorities. Include within the policy a reference to the Technical Manual, the annual guide to budget development and management.

G.1.12: Direct the development of and adopt board policy that clearly communicates the Board’s expectations that all district support services and functions be organized and coordinated in a way so as to create an optimum teaching-learning environment.

Clover Park School District Audit Report Page 113

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