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Chesterfield Countyjust the Public Schools(804) 748-1405FA Q sccpsinfo@ccpsnet.netanswers to frequently asked questionsJanuary 2008Curriculum management auditStriving for continuous improvement, Chesterfield What are the audit recommendations?County Public Schools works toward the School Chesterfield school officials have already begun to work on Board’s vision of every school as “a thriving, these recommendations:dynamic and inspiring educational environment that • The school system’s policies and procedures need produces self-directed learners” and concentrates on to be consistent and formalized. The school system the goals of its strategic plan: is moving to document policies and processes that 1. academic excellence for all students are in place for curriculum development, staff development and student assessment.2. safe, supportive and nurturing learning environments • Gaps exist in achievement, opportunity, discipline and staffing. The strategic plan, adopted last 3. competent and knowledgeable workforcemonth, includes many actions to eliminate these 4. community investment gaps.continued on backWithout a doubt, Chesterfield has a good school system. All schools are accredited. Students outperform state averages. Students, teachers and staff members consistently win state, regional and national awards. Families move into Chesterfield so their children can be educated here.To move to the next level, the school system contracted with Phi Delta ...

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Chesterfield County just the Public Schools FAQJanuary 2008 (804) 748-1405 answers to frequently asked questionsccpsinfo@ccpsnet.net Curriculum management audit Striving for continuous improvement, ChesterfieldWhat are the audit recommendations? County Public Schools works toward the SchoolChesterfield school officials have already begun to work on Board’s vision of every school as “a thriving,these recommendations: dynamic and inspiring educational environment that • Theschool system’s policies and procedures need produces self-directed learners” and concentrates on to be consistent and formalized. The school system the goals of its strategic plan: is moving to document policies and processes that 1. academic excellence for all studentsare in place for curriculum development, staff development and student assessment. 2. safe, supportive and nurturing learning environmentsexist in achievement, opportunity, discipline• Gaps and staffing. The strategic plan, adopted last 3. competent and knowledgeable workforce month, includes many actions to eliminate these 4. community investment gaps. continued on back Without a doubt, Chesterfield has a good school system. All schools are accredited. Students outperform state averages. Students, teachers and staff members consistently win state, regional and national awards. Families move into Chesterfield so their children can be educated here. To move to the next level, the school system contracted with Phi Delta Kappa International for a curriculum management audit. Bringing in experts who could look with fresh eyes to see where improvements are needed “expresses ... commitment to ongoing improvement,” the audit states. Auditors found that the school system is “student-centered and forward-looking. … Most classrooms visited by auditors were cheerful, pleasant settings focused on learning. Auditors sensed a professional pride among both division and school staffs.” Auditors also praised the School Board’s planning efforts and alignment of school improvement plans with the division’s Design for Excellence strategic plan. Recommendations from the audit are being incorporated into the strategic plan, pointing the way to move Chesterfield County Public Schools from Spring Run Elementary good to great.
continued from front Chesterfield County Public Schools is • Theevaluation process does not sufficiently making continuous improvement. document or promote employee development and Every day, progress on recommendations from growth. The school system is implementing a the curriculum management audit is occurring in personalized professional growth plan system for Chesterfield schools. Recommendations are being administrators and teachers. incorporated into the school system’s strategic plan, • Populationgrowth in Chesterfield County hasa plan that provides “a clear focus for decisions,” the outpaced school construction. Five schools areaudit said. under construction, and the new public facilities School officials will use the audit to raise the bar plan calls for building 13 additional schools. for Chesterfield schools. Setting higher standards • Theaudit calls for an alternative budgetfor tomorrow will prepare Chesterfield students to development process to align with the strategicsucceed globally. In the words of the audit team, plan. The budget being developed for 2008-09 is“With the professional backgrounds, experience and aligned with the strategic plan.commitment of so many division and school leaders and staff members … Chesterfield County Public Some recommendations were unexpected, and school Schools will move to higher levels of excellence.” officials are taking immediate action: Chesterfield County Public Schools is moving from • Auditorsfound school computers unused too good to great! much of the time and observed a lack of variety in instructional methods. School officials willFor more information encourage principals and teachers to increaseThe full curriculum management audit is online student use of computers and to employ a varietyat chesterfield.k12.va.us. Click on “curriculum of instructional strategies every day.management audit” on the right side of the screen to view all related documents. • Curriculumdocuments for elementary classes Chesterfield County Public Schools does not unlawfully discriminate on were rated more favorably than those for the basis of sex, race, color, religion, disability, national origin or age in secondary classes. Officials will revise the employment or in its programs and activities. documents to provide more support for middle and high school teachers. Some audit recommendations will be considered: • Theaudit recommends a strengthened central administration. Chesterfield County Public Schools seeks administrative consistency with operational flexibility to allow shared decision-making between central administrators and school principals. • Theaudit states that tutoring programs are inconsistently designed and implemented. Most tutoring programs are tailor-made at each school, often in partnership with community groups. Falling Creek Middle