Curriculum Audit Standards
The Curriculum Management Audit Standards were developed by Dr. Fenwick English (considered the “father of the curriculum audit”), President of Curriculum Management Systems, Inc.
STANDARD 1: A school system is able to demonstrate its control of resources, programs and personnel. A
school/district meeting this standard has a clear set of policies with regard to management and curriculum and has
clearly defined and measurable goals.
STANDARD 2: A school system has established clear and valid objectives for students. A district meeting this audit
standard has clear, valid and measurable student standards for learning that are set into a workable framework for their
STANDARD 3: A school system demonstrates internal connectivity and rational equity in its program development and
implementation. A district meeting this standard can show how its program has been created as the result of a systematic
identification of its deficiencies. Such a district has equity in its curriculum/course access and directs its resources toward
the areas of greatest need.
STANDARD 4: The district uses results from system-designed or adopted assessments to adjust, improve, or terminate
ineffective practices or programs. A district meeting this audit standard has a comprehensive system of assessment used
extensively at the site-level to review and improve programs. Assessment is also used to formulate short and long-term
goals for each site and for the district as a whole.
STANDARD 5: A school system has improved productivity. A system meeting this standard demonstrates improved
pupil performance, even in the face of diminishing revenues. The most common indicators cited in audit reports
pertaining to productivity are curriculum-driven budgeting and facilities.