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A Curriculum Management Audit of the Clover Park School District Table of Contents

  • I.

    INTRODUCTION............................................................................................................................................. 1 Background ....................................................................................................................................................... 1 Student Enrollment and Faculty ................................................................................................................... 2 Background Purpose and Scope of the Work.................................................................................................... 3 System Purpose for Conducting the Audit.................................................................................................... 5 Approach of the Audit.................................................................................................................................. 5

  • II.

    METHODOLOGY............................................................................................................................................ 6 The Model for the Curriculum Management Audit........................................................................................... 6 A Schematic View of Curricular Quality Control ............................................................................................. 6 Standards for the Auditors................................................................................................................................. 7 Technical Expertise ...................................................................................................................................... 7 The Principle of Independence..................................................................................................................... 7 The Principle of Objectivity ......................................................................................................................... 7 The Principle of Consistency........................................................................................................................ 8 The Principle of Materiality ......................................................................................................................... 8 The Principle of Full Disclosure................................................................................................................... 8 Data Sources of the Curriculum Management Audit......................................................................................... 9 Standards for the Curriculum Audit ................................................................................................................ 10

III. FINDINGS..................................................................................................................................................... 11 STANDARD 1: A School System Is Able to Demonstrate Its Control of Resources, Programs,

and Personnel 11 ....................................................................................................................................................... What the Auditors Expected to Find in the Clover Park School District ........................................................ 11 Overview of What the Auditors Found in the Clover Park School District..................................................... 11 Finding 1.1: Board Policies Are Inadequate in Scope and Quality and Are Not Used Sufficiently in Guiding District Operations........................................................................................................................ 12 Finding 1.2: District Planning Is Inadequate in Design and Ineffective in Delivery. ................................. 20 Finding 1.3: The Organizational Structure Does Not Meet Audit Criteria for Effective Organizational Action. ............................................................................................................................... 24 Finding 1.4: Job Descriptions for Sound Curriculum Management Are Adequate in Scope but Inadequate in Quality. .......................................................................................................................... 27 STANDARD 2: A School System Has Established Clear and Valid Objectives for Students............................. 31 What the Auditors Expected to Find in the Clover Park School District ........................................................ 31 Overview of What the Auditors Found in the Clover Park School District..................................................... 31 Finding 2.1: The Scope of the Written Curriculum Is Adequate to Direct Teaching in Grades K-8, but

Inadequate in Grades 9-12 32 .......................................................................................................................... Finding 2.2: Curriculum Guide Quality Is Inadequate for Effective Teaching........................................... 37 Finding 2.3: Curriculum Guides Are Not Effectively Used as Teacher Tools. .......................................... 42 Finding 2.4: Classroom Activities Show Little Congruence with District Expectations for Robust and Challenging Classroom Methods and Activities......................................................................................... 43 STANDARD 3: A School System Demonstrates Internal Connectivity and Rational Equity in Its Program Development and Implementation. ...................................................................................................................... 51 What the Auditors Expected to Find in the Clover Park School District ........................................................ 51 Overview of What the Auditors Found in the Clover Park School District..................................................... 51 Finding 3.1: Staff Development Is Inadequate in Design and Not Linked to District Goals. ..................... 52

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