Writing Policy Guidance

Published: 8/13/2019 12:43 PM
What is required of schools?
The passing of SB 1 (2017) amended 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 December 1, 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:

Literacy Plans for Kentucky Schools: A KDE & KRA Position Statement defines literacy goals and plans, describes roles and responsibilities of the literacy team, identifies policies and practices to improve literacy and discusses implications of research for sustaining continuous improvements.

Kentucky Literacy Plan is a planning tool to assist schools and districts in analyzing, evaluating and planning a school literacy plan.

Literacy Perks provides a comprehensive view of important factors that inform the development of writing.

Literacy Planning Booklet is planning tool to use with Literacy Perks in analyzing, evaluating and planning a school literacy plan.

For technical questions related to submission, please contact Caryn Davidson

For submission requirement questions, please contact writingplan@education.ky.gov.


School Writing Policy Submission Site (Please note this is requires login and is only open to Kentucky educators)

Writing Planning Guidance: Developing a Schoolwide Writing Plan

This guidance document is designed to help schools develop, implement and monitor a schoolwide writing plan. 

Professional Learning Activity: Developing a Schoolwide Writing Plan

This activity may be used to introduce and become familiar with the document, Developing a Schoolwide Writing Plan (above), and spark discussion about various roles and needs for successful implementation of a plan. 

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