Wasc/cde self-Study Report


A8. Resources Criterion [Charter Schools only]



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A8. Resources Criterion [Charter Schools only]


The school has developed policies, procedures, and internal controls for managing the financial operations that meet state laws, generally accepted practices, and ethical standards.

Indicators with Prompts



Written and Adopted Policies/Procedures

Indicator: The school has written adopted fiscal policies and procedures for internal controls.

Prompt: Comment on the effectiveness of the school’s process for developing, reviewing, revising, and adopting written fiscal policies and procedures for internal controls.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Annual Financial Audit

Indicator: The school has an annual independent financial audit that employs generally accepted accounting principles, including a listing of audit exceptions and deficiencies which the school has resolved to the satisfaction of the charter-granting agency. There are written policies on the scope and responsibilities related to an independent financial audit. The school sends the audit reports to the authorizing agency and other government entities as required by law.

Prompt: Examine how the school ensures accountability and determine the effectiveness of these policies and procedures.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Compliance of Personnel

Indicator: Personnel follow the fiscal policies and procedures.

Prompt: Evaluate the effectiveness of the accountability measures to ensure that personnel follow the fiscal policies and procedures.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Processes for Implementation of Financial Practices

Indicator: The school has processes and protections for the following: who is authorized to sign contracts, write checks, and release institutional funds; 2) the monitoring of payroll information; 3) the review of bank reconciliations and deposits/withdrawals of all school financial accounts; 4) the policies and procedures for the use of credit cards and other lines of credit.

Prompt: Evaluate the effectiveness of the school’s processes and protections for the following: 1) who is authorized to sign contracts, write checks, and release institutional funds; 2) the monitoring of payroll information; 3) the review of bank reconciliations and deposits/withdrawals of all school financial accounts; and 4) the policies and procedures for the use of credit cards and other lines of credit.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Contracts — Accounting

Indicator: The school has a contracting process for services, equipment, and materials and accounts for all contracts of $75,000 or more and their purposes.

Prompt: Explain the effectiveness of this process.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Conclusions

Prompt: Comment on the degree to which this criterion is being addressed.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Prompt: Comment on the degree to which this criterion impacts the school’s ability to address one or more of the identified critical learner needs.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

WASC Category A. Organization: Vision and Purpose, Governance, Leadership and Staff, and Resources:
Strengths and Growth Needs

Review all the findings and supporting evidence regarding the extent to which each criterion is being addressed. Then determine and prioritize the strengths and areas of growth for the overall category.



Category A: Organization: Vision and Purpose, Governance, Leadership and Staff, and Resources: Areas of Strength

     

Category A: Organization: Vision and Purpose, Governance, Leadership and Staff, and Resources: Areas of Growth

     

Category B: Standards-based Student Learning: Curriculum

Analysis must show distinctions that appear across the range of students (grade level, diverse background, and abilities) and the variety of programs offered at the school.

Examples include:

  • Online instruction approaches (school site or off site, integrated within other programs and/or offered separately)

  • Specialized programs such as IB Diploma Program, college/career readiness programs, school/college partnerships, AVID, and independent study programs.

Note: In some areas additional prompts have been inserted to emphasize the analysis related to online instruction.


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