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In the fall, Daniel Gallagher, superintendent, recommended to the Board of Trustees to approve a comprehensive curriculum audit through the Texas Association of School Administrators, TASA.
Gallagher said to ensure the District is providing high-quality curriculum for all students, “we chose to have a third-party perform a comprehensive curriculum audit based on the academic performance of our District.”
After four months, TASA released the more than 260-page audit. The intent of the audit was to identify areas where the District needed to improve its educational program and to offer recommendations to address those issues.
Auditors suggested the development of a five-year plan to accomplish the breadth and depth of the audit recommendations.
“During this first year, the District focus will be on those recommendations that will ensure our curriculum provides equity for the success of all students,” said Doug Sevier, director for Curriculum and Learning Services.
Prior to the release of the audit, the Curriculum and Learning team had already been working on areas for improvement, including an extensive curriculum management plan. This plan provides a systemic approach to ensure the use of District resources are prioritized to support student achievement and growth. Several changes have been implemented this school year and will carry into the 2019-2020 school year.
District leaders also refocused the Destination 2025 Strategic Plan in the spring as a result of the audit so that all areas of the District support the instructional learning happening in every classroom.
In addition, Little Elm ISD purchased new curriculum through the Texas Curriculum Management Program Cooperative known as TEKS Resource Systems for English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. This will be the foundation for extensive curriculum writing the district curriculum and learning services team will undergo this summer with content area teachers. Professional learning is planned to ensure all core-content teachers are able to successfully implement the new curriculum starting in the 2019-2020 school year.
“Every decision we make is student-centered and student-focused. What this audit has provided us is a sense of refocusing to help prioritize what is most important in terms of student learning and success. We have a clear focus on improving learning opportunities so that each student is college, career, and life ready when they graduate from Little Elm ISD” said Gallagher.