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Finding 3.2: Articulation and Coordination Are Perceived to be Weak for Sound Curriculum Management. ........................................................................................................................... 57 Finding 3.3: Board Policies and Standards for Curriculum Monitoring Are Inadequate for Improving Instruction. .......................................................................................................................... 58 Finding 3.4: Special Education Design and Delivery Are Inconsistent Across the System........................ 60 Finding 3.5: Students in the Clover Park School District Are Not Provided Differentiated Support in Accordance with Needs and Are Not Experiencing Success Equally..................................................... 64

STANDARD 4: A School System Uses the Results from System-Designed and/or -Adopted Assessments to Adjust, Improve, or Terminate Ineffective Practices or Programs....................................................................... 76 What the Auditors Expected to Find in the Clover Park School District ........................................................ 76 Overview of What the Auditors Found in the Clover Park School District..................................................... 77 Finding 4.1: The Scope of the Assessment System Is Inadequate to Monitor the Full Curriculum............ 77 Finding 4.2: Student Achievement in the Clover Park School District is Below State and National Averages. Some Students Are Not Achieving In Accordance with District Expectations......................... 80 Finding 4.3: The Assessment Plan Is Inadequate to Provide Direction, and Assessment Data Are Ineffectively Used for Curriculum Management and Decision-making. .................................................... 91 STANDARD 5: A School System Has Improved Productivity. .......................................................................... 98 What the Auditors Expected to Find in the Clover Park School District ........................................................ 98 Overview of What the Auditors Found in the Clover Park School District..................................................... 98 Finding 5.1: Budget Procedures and Processes Are Neither Performance-based Nor Connected to Diagnosed Differential Needs of Students.................................................................................................. 98 Finding 5.2: Facilities and Educational Environments Are Adequate, but Some Problems Require

Attention................................................................................................................................................... 102 Finding 5.3: Site-based Management Processes in the System Are Fragmented and Ineffective. ............ 105 Finding 5.4: Program Interventions Are Extensive but Reflect Lack of Policy Direction and Non-congruence with Audit Criteria.................................................................................................. 108

IV. RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PDK-CMAC CURRICULUM MANAGEMENT AUDIT TEAM FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE CLOVER PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT....................................................... 112 Recommendation 1: Develop a Comprehensive Set of Board Policies that Defines and Focuses Organizational Actions, Directs and Implements Innovation, Clarifies and Connects District Planning, and Directs Curriculum and Instruction for Integrity with Organizational Purposes and Excellence in All Programs and Services. ............................................................................................................................ 112 Recommendation 2: Design and Implement a Quality Curriculum Management System. ....................... 114 Recommendation 3: Redesign and Implement a Comprehensive and Aligned Curriculum and Program Assessment Management System to Provide for Consistency and Continuity, Meaningful Data for Decision-making in Student Learning and Staff Development,

District Operations, and Improvement of Teaching.................................................................................. 116 Recommendation 4: Correct Inequalities in Educational Programs and Services, and Focus Policy

and Procedures on Assuring Success for All Learners. ............................................................................ 119 Recommendation 5: Restructure Administrative Roles and Responsibilities in Curriculum Management for Greater Strength in Curriculum Design and Delivery.................................................... 120 Recommendation 6: Adopt a Four-year Plan for Implementation of a Program-based Budget and Allocation System to Improve Cost-effectiveness, Efficiency, and Allocations Based upon

Diagnosed Needs of Clientele. ................................................................................................................. 122

  • V.

    SUMMARY.................................................................................................................................................. 126

  • VI.

    APPENDICES............................................................................................................................................. 128 Appendix A: Auditors’ Biographical Data ............................................................................................... 129 Appendix B: List of Documents Reviewed .............................................................................................. 132

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