What is required of schools?
The passing of
SB 1 (2017)
ammended by KRS 158.6453
requires each school-based decision making council or, if there is no school council, a committee appointed by the principal, to adopt policies that determine the writing program for its school and submit the policy to the Department of Education for review and comment. For the 2018-19 school year, schools must complete their writing policies and submit them electronically by January 15, 2019.
What is required to be uploaded?
Each school is to upload their writing policy for the 2018-19 school year.
What are the required components of the writing policy?
SB 1 (2017) states that the policy must provide:
- Multiple opportunities are provided for students to develop complex communication skills for a variety of purposes.
- A variety of language resources are embedded within writing instruction.
- A variety of technological tools are used in the writing process.
How will the writing policy be assessed?
The Writing Policy Rubric
, with identified criteria for each component, will be used to determine if these components are present in the policy.
Does this requirement limit a school's ability to create a policy tailored to address the needs of their students and staff?
No. In order to maintain school autonomy and address local needs, the rubric only addresses components required by SB 1. The KDE does not specify or endorse any format, language or elements of a plan.
What resources are available to assist schools with developing a writing policy?
Writing Policy Guidelines
have been developed to provide guidance on important elements to consider when developing a writing policy. As writing is only one component of literacy, schools may consider using the following resources:
Kentucky Literacy Plan
is a planning tool to assist schools and districts in analyzing, evaluating and planning a school literacy plan.
provides a comprehensive view of important factors that inform the development of writing.
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