ERIC Number: ED332265
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Seeing the Whole Picture: The Educational Program Audit.
Hammond, Peirce; And Others
In 1981, the Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) Board of Education contracted with an External Review Team composed of educators of national stature representing diverse perspectives and experiences to realize a portion of its mission statement, "To provide the board of education, the superintendent of schools, and the general public of Pittsburgh with an objective assessment of: (1) the priorities set by the board of education since 1980; (2) the programmatic responses of the superintendent and administration to those priorities; (3) the implementation and evolution of these programmatic responses and their integration into the educational program by school district staff; and (4) the status of the overall educational program compared to other public school districts." The educational program audit examines a large number of individual program-focused activities. As an evaluation tool of educational programs, it reviews common themes, outcomes, and problems. This report describes the motivation behind the Pittsburgh School District's educational program audit, the manner in which it was designed and conducted, and the benefits realized from the effort. In addition, the External Review Team members share their perceptions of the audit, analyze its pitfalls, state how to avoid pitfalls, and recommend how to realize audit objectives. The review team found that: (1) Pittsburgh's children are well served by their public schools; (2) outstanding professionals staff the city's schools; and (3) school programs are relevant because of systematic and coordinated planning. Student achievement score gains reflect the successes of educational programs in the Pittsburgh school district. (JAM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Educational Program Auditing; Pittsburgh School District PA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).