State Government : Performance Audit

New audit examines processes for notifying schools and districts of student criminal offenses

This performance audit looked at the processes the state uses to ensure educators are informed about students who have committed crimes, so they can ensure the student succeeds in school while keeping others safe. It identified gaps and breakdowns in the processes state agencies, courts and law enforcement use to send information to schools and districts. Rather than waiting for the published report, audited organizations chose to act immediately on a number of issues the audit identified; improvements already under way include better documentation, guidance, training and monitoring 

The audit also identified some statutory changes that might help improve the system. To facilitate the process, the Auditor's Office convened a work group of stakeholders to being addressing issues. The report recommends the Legislature formalize the work group to continue seeking solutions. A follow-up audit will review notification processes within and between schools and districts. Read the full report (pdf, 1 mb)Read the two-page summary (pdf, 354 kb).



Recent audit explored student characteristics and innovative approaches in Alternative Learning Experience programs

As part of a recent performance audit, auditors gathered information directly from all Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) programs in Washington to learn how they are meeting their intended purpose, which is to give schools flexibility to serve a diverse student population. In addition to a survey (explore survey results here), the final report offers insight into aspects of ALE programs that serve populations with challenges that traditional schools might not meet as effectively. However, the audit also encountered problems in the way school districts report ALE student enrollment in the state's student information system, CEDARS. The audit makes recommendations to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to help improve data. Read the full report (pdf, 5 mb).  Read the two-page summary (pdf, 523 kb).

This work was part of a mandated series of audits. Learn more about earlier performance audits here, and about financial audits performed by our Schools Team here. Read a letter or watch a video message (YouTube) from State Auditor Pat McCarthy about the overall project.

​​Performance audits work to improve service to the public

We provide the public and state leaders with independent, objective evaluations of the effectiveness, economy and efficiency of public services, at both the state and the local level. We publish a report setting out the actions agencies take to implement our recommendations.

We have now published more than 100 performance audit reports. Click to view a list of all Performance Audit division reports including those published from 2007 onwards. Use the "search text" box on that page to find specific topics within that list.

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