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A CURRICULUM MANAGEMENT AUDIT

of the

Clover Park School District

Lakewood, Washington

I. INTRODUCTION

This document constitutes the final report of a Curriculum Management Audit of the Clover Park School District, Lakewood, Washington. The audit was authorized by the Clover Park Board of Directors within the scope of its policy-making authority and funded by the school district. The audit was conducted during the time period of January 29 through February 1, 2001. Document analysis was performed both on and off site, as was the detailed analysis of findings and recommendations.

A curriculum audit is designed to reveal the extent to which officials and professional staff of a school district have developed and implemented a sound, valid, and operational system of curriculum management. Such a system, set within the framework of adopted board policies, enables the school district to make maximum use of its human and financial resources in the education of its students. When such a system is fully operational, it is able to assure the patrons and taxpayers that their fiscal support can be optimized under the conditions in which the school district functions.

Background

The Clover Park School District is located in the community of Lakewood, Washington, and the area is considered to be a part of the Seattle-Tacoma metroplex. The district is in the top 25 schools in Washington in terms of pupil enrollment. The district encompasses 26 square miles and it includes the Fort Lewis U.S. Army Post and the McChord U.S. Air Force Base.

The history of the Clover Park School District begins early in the 20th century when what was considered the “Lakes District” became sufficiently populated to justify five small elementary school districts. As the Tacoma area expanded southwest into the Lakes District, greater enrollment eventually produced a high school district in 1928.

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