However, as I listened to Dr. Kennedy disperse the curriculum audit findings of her team, I found it was no laughing matter to find out how much teachers are doing every day, that is actually ineffective. As you read the information below, let me know if you agree, that the information disclosed by the auditor indicates that there was NOT a whole lot of teachin' goin' on (for whatever reason).
Curriculum Audit Info presented by Dr. Kennedy
Dr. Owen Roberts, is the outside auditor that was hired by the District. He audited Edison Schools, Compass Learning, 95 Percent Group, Open Court Reading, the APEX program and Reading 180. He sent the surveys to specific schools that had those specific programs. There was an incentive offered to have your name entered into a raffle for turning the surveys in. The auditor sent the survey to specific schools that had the specific programs.
The auditor was looking for implementation fidelity, curriculum alignment, school buy in and engagement, implementation, teacher readiness and evidence based implementation. He found that we need a monitoring system and a protocol to check for fidelity.
"Fidelity is defined as the extent to which a program is delivered in accordance to the intended design. That would include delivery (teachers), how often and where lessons are conducted, the materials, targeted population, who was delivering (teacher or aide), qualifications of person delivering the program and whether or not there was training."
Compass learning, Open Court and APEX did not have the appropriate school engagement in the decision making to implement. What that is saying is there was no buy in from the schools on these programs.
Teacher's knowledge of how to use the data generated with Open Court, Compass Learning and APEX were inadequate to support instructional decisions made in the classroom.
The primary school program interventions, namely the Edison Projects 95 Percent group, professional development support had a moderate to high positive impact on student achievement. Open Court had a low impact on student achievement.