January 23, 2012
Audit findings, recommendations presented
The Jefferson County Board of Education has received the Curriculum Management Audit™ report conducted by Phi Delta Kappa International. The report, which includes 24 findings and 10 recommendations, was prepared based on interviews and school visits and is designed to offer a systems approach to educational improvement.
The audit is similar to a financial audit in its focus on reporting discrepancies and formulating recommendations to eliminate identified issues. The recommendations are as follows:
- Adopt policies governing the management of the organization and job descriptions.
- Review, revise, adopt, and implement Board policies to provide a sound local system of curriculum management and control. Review and revise school based decision making sample policies to be consistent with Board policy.
- Redesign the planning process to provide a coherent focus and improved system connectivity to fulfill the vision of the Board and the new leadership.
- Design and implement a comprehensive curriculum management system that integrates curriculum development, staff development, and staff appraisal, and provides continuity and consistency across all grade levels and schools. Consolidate curriculum guides and resources for all courses offered, integrating curriculum expectations for special populations within the documents.
- Develop and implement a comprehensive plan for student assessment and program evaluation. District and site levels will be required to use data that is focused on closing achievement gaps among subgroups, raising achievement for all students, and providing feedback for decisions about curriculum management, program adoption, implementation, continuation, expansion, modification, or termination.
- Institutionalize instructional best practices for effective curriculum delivery.
- Establish procedures requiring formal monitoring of instructional practices to promote district-wide consistency.
- Design and implement a coordinated, system-wide professional development program that supports the curriculum and focuses on improved student achievement.
- Provide equal access to comparable programs, services, and opportunities to impact student achievement. Eliminate the achievement gap between ethnic and socioeconomic student groups. Take further steps to allocate resources based on student needs.
- Develop and implement a three-year plan that aligns district and building-level resources to curricular goals and strategic priorities. Include systematic cost-benefit analysis to ensure that expenditures are producing desired results.
Click here to read the complete 566-page audit report.
Click here for the Graphic Organizer that summarizes the findings, recommendations, and actions.
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December 20, 2011
Organizational review completed
The results of a review of the district’s central office staff, requested by the Board of Education, outlines 20 specific findings and 18 recommended actions to better support students in classrooms. Read the entire report or the executive summary. View the PowerPoint presentation. Read more.
November 1, 2011
JCPS receives first recommendation of Curriculum Audit
The first recommendation from the Curriculum Management Audit (CMA) of the Jefferson County Public School System was released yesterday to the Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE) and to Superintendent Donna Hargens. The recommendation calls for the evaluation and revision of school district policies related to how central office positions are created and managed as well as the organizational structure of the management team.
The recommendation comes as the district is undergoing a detailed organizational review to examine the functions and reporting relationships of all central office departments, personnel, and job responsibilities. The audit recommendation received will inform the work of the organizational review.
“This summer, the Board of Education called for the Curriculum Management Audit to ensure that as a school system, we were using every resource we have to its maximum potential,” said Stephen Imhoff, chairman of the JCBE. “I am confident that the results of this audit will help inform the work of the Board of Education for years to come.”
The CMA recommendation, which contains nine action steps for both the board and JCPS administration, includes the review and evaluation of all policies related to central office job descriptions and functions, departmental reporting relationships, and the organization of senior leadership who report directly to the Superintendent.
According to the recommendation, the school district’s leadership team would be reorganized under four Chief Officers: a Chief Academic Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Diversity, Community Relations, and Communications Officer. In addition, the system’s Legal Counsel and the department responsible for data management and accountability would continue reporting directly to the Superintendent. The remainder of central office departments and functions would be organized under the new senior management structure. Board of Education approval is needed before the recommendation takes effect.
“Our core business is educating our children,” said Donna Hargens, superintendent of JCPS. “This first recommendation from the CMA outlines some of the changes that we will need to consider to ensure that we are properly aligned to effectively support our core business,” Hargens said.
To read the recommendation from Phi Delta Kappa click here.