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As shown in Exhibit 2.1.2, there were 298 curriculum guides presented to the auditors for the 509 courses listed in the course catalogue as being taught at the high school level. This indicates that only 58.6 percent of the courses taught have some form of curriculum guide, which is considered inadequate. Some administrators commented that “High school course descriptions don’t always refer to curriculum. Teachers are loyal to courses and not curriculum.”

“The secondary teachers still have ownership of what they teach and therefore are not using the curriculum guides.”

“Secondary teachers do what they want to do.” “High school course descriptions don’t always refer to the curriculum.” “Teachers are loyal to courses and not curriculum.”

It should be noted that the newly developed district-wide curriculum documents which are being used

at the elementary and middle school levels have high

school (9-12) components. But they are interviews with district administrators

not and

the

being used at the high school levels.

During

principals,

the

auditors

heard

statements

such

as:

English Language Arts

X

X

X

X

4

4

Math

X

X

X

X

4

4

Science

X

X

X

X

4

4

Social Studies

X

X

X

X

4

4

Fine Arts

X

X

X

X

4

4

Health (draft)

X

X

X

X

4

4

Fitness (draft)

X

X

X

X

4

4

Guidance (draft)

X

X

X

X

4

4

Extended Curriculum (Sp. Ed)

X

X

X

X

4

4

Foreign Language (draft)

X

X

X

X

4

4

Curriculum guides are the district’s way of ensuring that district-wide instruction is focused on achievement of educational priorities of the system. If the guides can be interpreted and used easily, the quality of the curriculum implementation is more assured. Guides represent agreements on the objectives to be taught; the emphasis objectives will receive in terms of time; means for evaluation of achievement, and instructional materials to be used to deliver the curriculum to students. The guides should connect curriculum vertically through information about prerequisite skills and knowledge.

Clover Park School District Audit Report Page 37

Exhibit 2.1.3 shows the auditors’ review of the newly developed high school curriculum guides and found them to be adequate in scope.

Finding 2.2: Curriculum Guide Quality Is Inadequate for Effective Teaching.

Exhibit 2.1.3 Scope of the Newly Created Written Curriculum by Subject Area and by Grade Level High School Courses 2001

In summary, curriculum guide coverage is adequate to direct the teaching-learning process at the elementary and middle school levels, but inadequate at the high school levels. The inadequacy of written curriculum guides at the secondary level leaves teachers without clear and consistent direction to provide classroom instruction.

Course Offering

Total

Percentage

9

Key:

x = Guide Available Blank Space – Course not offered at grade level

40

40 100%

10

11

Courses

Guides

12

Offered

Presented

Curriculum

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