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.