Taking a Good Look at Ourselves!
Each EdFOCUS audit is a thorough and objective description of the current status of a school operation in comparison to the intended status. EdFOCUS identifies the discrepancy between the two, and this gap analysis provides a road-map for what needs to be addressed. These audits are planned with district staff to match the context of its particular circumstances. An audit could target the entire district, specific grade levels, or an individual building. The data collected include on-site interviews, observations, and review of key documents.
The final report for each audit documents findings, cites commendations, and makes recommendations – all to reduce or eliminate the identified “gaps” between the desired and actual status. Although EdFOCUS has a set of protocols for several types of audits, a combination of audits is often requested.
The Operations Audit
The Operations Audit is an examination of the district organization and infrastructure and the extent to which it supports continuous improvement. Although customized to the district needs, this audit typically looks at:
- organizational structures
- support systems
- leadership teams
- job descriptions
- professional development programs
- enrollment management and student services
- district and school climate and culture
- communication systems
- the procurement and use of resources
- monitoring and appraisal practices
- relevant Board Policies and Procedures