In giving the Board of Education the latest quarterly report on the Curriculum Management Audit, Interim Superintendent Donna Hargens discussed strengthening program evaluations.
Prior to the audit, Evaluation and Research staff had a strong program evaluation component and was recognized nationally for their work. The auditors recommended ways to strengthen this area that fall under the audit’s recommendation 5: “Formalize comprehensive assessment procedures to provide data for decision making at all levels of the system. Establish a formalized process for selection, implementation, and evaluation of programs utilizing data that will be used as feedback for revision or continuation of programs and practices.” (p. 361).
Assistant Superintendent David Holdzkom says the auditors recommended that all academic programs be evaluated, that evaluations include cost benefit analysis, and that the response to program evaluations be reported.
Since that time, Evaluation and Research has:
- Inventoried all the programs in the district, both Central Services-generated programs and school-generated programs;
- Trained staff to perform cost benefit analysis; and
- Created a response system to program evaluations.
Assistant Superintendent David Holdzkom and Nancy Baenen talk about the audit and program evaluation.
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