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These written statements over several years demonstrate a consistent organizational commitment to a wide and diverse approach towards classroom instruction. In effect, such intentions describe an instructional environment that would be intellectually challenging, demonstrate student active engagement in group activities, use technology in classroom assignments, and implement problem- solving as a part of the classroom context.

To see how the district intentions matched actual performance and activity in classrooms, the auditors visited all schools in the district and nearly all classrooms. As part of their classroom visitations, instruction was briefly categorized on a rating sheet. These “snap shot” observations were recorded for nearly 400 classrooms over three days in 26 schools. Many classrooms were not recorded since the rooms were vacant due to field trips, teacher absence, playground activity times,

lunch, planning time, staff development, or other reasons.

Data

were

taken

at

all

times

during

instructional

periods:

morning

and

afternoon.

Descriptive/categorical information was described for all of the classrooms visited. Categories of classroom activities included the following:

Clover Park School District Audit Report Page 46

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