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or courses of action for the Clover Park School District, making it very unlikely that the school system will operate coherently and in a focused manner.

The Organizational Structure was found to be unrealistic in terms of quality criteria, and the superintendent has too many people to supervise and has insufficient top level personnel to run the system effectively. Job descriptions, although adequate in number, were inadequate in quality. Personnel were given insufficient direction about their roles and responsibilities.

Finding 1.1: Board Policies Are Inadequate in Scope and Quality and Are Not Used Sufficiently in Guiding District Operations.

Policy development, one of the most important governing functions of a school board, is the process through which Boards establish fundamental control over all aspects of the school system, including the management of curriculum. Policies that are comprehensive in scope, written in a user friendly format, and provide clearly understood standards and direction to administrators and faculty serve as a common reference for decision-making in design and delivery of the written, taught, and tested curriculum. Because of this important role, the analysis and evaluation of all district policies that directly and indirectly relate to curriculum is a critical part of the curriculum management audit.

The auditors examined district board policies, administrative regulations, and administrative procedures related to the control of district functions. Of those, the auditors selected the documents that relate to curriculum management for further review and analysis. The auditors assessed the quality of these policies by comparing them to the 26 criteria established by the Curriculum Management Audit Center. Since policies are valuable only to the degree that they are used, interviews were conducted with board members, administrators, teachers, and community members to determine the degree to which the policies are actually used to guide decision-making regarding curriculum development, implementation, and assessment.

The 53 policies and other documents related to curriculum management that were analyzed by the auditors are presented in Exhibit 1.1.1.

Policy/Regulation/ Procedure 0100 0520 1001 1202 1301 1302 1701 2001 2002 2003 2004 2100 3115 3115-P1 3210 3210-P1

Date

Last

Adopted

Amended

06/13/94

NA

07/13/98

NA

05/10/83

06/13/94

06/13/94

NA

06/13/94

NA

06/13/94

NA

06/13/94

NA

09/22/60

06/13/94

06/13/94

NA

11/14/77

06/13/94

06/13/94

NA

09/08/97

NA

08/02/99

NA

08/02/99

NA

12/11/95

NA

Exhibit 1.1.1 Curriculum-related Board Policies Reviewed by Audit Team Clover Park School District January 2001

NA

Description Strategic Planning: Commitment to Strategic Planning Five Year Strategic Plan Philosophy of Education Duties of Individual Board Members Adoption and Amendment of Policies Policy Manuals Code of Ethics District Organization Goals Planning Superintendent Board Relations Site-Based Management Education of Students with Disabilities Procedures for Serving Students with Disabilities Equal Educational Opportunity: Nondiscrimination Procedures for Resolving Equal Educational Opportunity Complaints and Grievances

12/11/95

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