Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Fenwick W. English
A curriculum audit is a form of a management audit. There are three types of audits: functional, operational, and programmatic. A functional audit is concerned with reviewing some aspect in a line-item budget, such as personnel, transportation, or instruction. An operational audit is focused on an activity within a function, for example, staff development within the personnel function. A programmatic audit closely follows activities within the subject content disciplines, such as mathematics, social studies, or language arts. Those who perform the actual audit, the auditors, can be internal or external to the school or school system. The scope of the audit may be only a compliance review, that is, determining if the operations adhere to required policies or laws. Or the scope of the audit may be performed from the perspective of whether the area being reviewed has optimized the resources provided compared to the outcomes or results obtained. The ...