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Standards for the Curriculum Audit

The PDK-CMAC Curriculum Management Audit used five standards against which to compare, verify, and comment upon the Clover Park School District’s existing curricular management

practices. principles

These standards have been extrapolated from and practices and have been applied in all previous

an extensive review of management curriculum management audits.

As a result, the standards reflect an ideal management system, but not an unattainable one. They describe working characteristics that any complex work organization should possess in being responsive and responsible to its clients.

A school system that is using its financial and human resources for the greatest benefit of its students is a district that is able to establish clear objectives, examine alternatives, select and implement alternatives, measure results as they develop against established objectives, and adjust its efforts so that it achieves a greater share of the objectives.

The five standards employed in the PDK-CMAC Curriculum Management Audit in Clover Park School District were:

  • 1.

    The school district demonstrates its control of resources, programs, and personnel.

  • 2.

    The school district has established clear and valid objectives for students.

  • 3.

    The school district has demonstrated internal consistency and rational equity in its program development and implementation.

  • 4.

    The school district has used the results from district-designed or -adopted assessments to adjust, improve, or terminate ineffective practices or programs.

  • 5.

    The school district has improved its productivity.

A finding within a Curriculum Management Audit is simply a description of the existing state, negative or positive, between an observed and triangulated condition or situation at the time of the PDK-CMAC audit, and its comparison with one or more of the five audit standards.

Findings in the negative represent discrepancies below the standard. Findings in the positive reflect meeting or exceeding the standard. As such, audit findings are recorded on nominal and ordinal indices and not ratio or interval scales. As a general rule, audits do not issue commendations, because it is expected that a school district should be meeting every standard as a way of normally

doing its business. Commendations are not given for good practice. practices may be cited.

On occasion, exemplary

Unlike accreditation methodologies, audits do not have to reach a forced, summative

regarding the status of a school district or discrepancies and formulate recommendations

sub-unit being analyzed. to ameliorate them.



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