State to conduct instructional audit of city schoolsPublished 8:25am Saturday, November 16, 2013
The Selma City School system will be subject to another investigation starting Jan. 11.
The State Board of Education announced Thursday it has issued an instructional audit of the local school system. The announcement came during the school board’s meeting Thursday.
“Normally the instructional audit that is performed by the State Department of Education, and any other group, will be looking at the instructional process, and the kinds of things that took place in the school during the instructional day,” Selma City School Board consultant Dr. Jed Wright, said. “It’s a full 360 degree kind of investigation of the instructional process.”
In an effort to clarify his understanding of the audit, board member Frank Chestnut reiterated what he believed to be the definition of the audit.
“In order to deliver instructions, there must be an environment conducive to the teacher based on guidelines from the state department, and the children must be attentive to that instruction,” Chestnut said. “There is a certain time frame of that instruction, and there are certain criteria that must be met during that instructional period.”
Wright went on to explain the investigation would consistent of that and more. He said the audit is very extensive, exploring every aspect of the instructional day.
“It takes in everything, from looking at the administration and operations of the schools, the instructional day, the teaching and learning process, what is being taught, how it is being taught, if it is being taught and the full duration of the time it is there,” Wright said.
He said the duration of the audit varies among school systems.