CCS Seeks Community Input on Strategic Plan


All community members, including but not limited to community residents, students, parents, school district employees, business community, as well as individuals representing either public and non-profit sectors of the community, are invited to provide feedback and assist in the future strategic plans of Carmel Clay Schools (CCS) through a community audit survey. The confidential survey will be available from March 21 – April 4, 2011 and can be accessed on the Carmel Clay School website or through this link

The Indiana University Center for Evaluation & Education Policy (CEEP) is administering the independent survey to help the District Accreditation Leadership Team (DALT) for Carmel Clay Schools identify the following information:

  • How does the school system help students realize their individual potential?
  • In what ways are students developing 21st Century skills?
  • What is most important to stakeholders?
  • What measures of success do community members use to evaluate the effectiveness of CCS?


“This survey will provide valuable insights into our community’s expectations for academic excellence and enable us to better respond to the needs of the community by identifying areas for improvement and establishing long-range goals that will guide our effort toward continuous improvement,” said Linda Thompson, director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment at Carmel Clay Schools.

The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and provides anonymous data that will be used by the School Board, DALT, and CCS administration to create strategic plans that enhance instructional planning for students. Results from the survey will be available online this May with a planned presentation to the public at the June 2011 School Board meeting.

DALT was established as part of AdvancED accreditation process, the most rigorous school-accreditation organization in the United States. Achievement of full-district accreditation through an international organization signals the commitment of CCS to continuous improvement. Through DALT, CCS focuses on meeting the highest research-based standards through an on-going, demanding, quality assurance process. For more information about the DALT program at CCS, please visit

As part of the Indiana University School of Education, CEEP promotes and supports rigorous program evaluation and education policy research that promises impact and improvement in the lives of children and their communities. For more information on CEEP, please visit