Board members OK audit
And now it's time for the school to get a grade card.
Monday night, board members of USD 464 unanimously approved a curriculum audit of the school district.
The audit will be conducted by representatives of Phi Delta Kappa International, Bloomington, Ind., and will be overseen by Gene Johnson, assistant superintendent of Shawnee Mission schools. Cost of the audit and related expenses will be $14,000.
Richard Erickson, Tonganoxie school superintendent, said curriculum audits are useful in improving student test scores.
"Our main priority in this district is to raise student achievement on state and national assessment tests," Erickson said.
Johnson said the curriculum audit follows a 10-point plan.
Areas to be analyzed will include policy development within the school district, curriculum planning for the attainment of student achievement goals, school site planning in relation to district long-range plans, curriculum in the main content areas of language arts/reading, mathematics, science and social studies, district's means of monitoring curriculum and instituting student and program assessment planning.
Johnson and another representative of Phi Delta Kappa will spend about two days in the district visiting schools and talking to people in the district.
"That's what we use as our lens to learn what the district expectations are, what the policies are and what the goals are," Johnson said.
In about three months from the start of the audit, the district will receive an exception report, Johnson said.
"It consists of two parts: our findings determined based on standards and district's goals and objectives, and recommendations that we provide to the school district. It will be a road map for the district to use."