Program Reviews

Published: 5/2/2017 11:44 AM

**Program Reviews: Senate Bill 1 Guidance**

As many of you are aware, Senate Bill 1 was signed by the governor. SB 1 is “AN ACT relating to public education and declaring an emergency” – this means that the law is now in effect. The signing of the bill has prompted some questions and concerns that need clarification. One question the Kentucky Department of Education is receiving pertains to whether or not a school would need to complete their Visual and Performing Arts and Practical Living/Career Studies (PLCS) Program Reviews in ASSIST for the 2016-2017 school year.
The signing of SB1 and the immediate effective date means that a school may choose not to report their results for Visual and Performing Arts and PLCS in ASSIST. However, if the work on these Program Reviews is essentially complete, you may choose to honor that hard work from your educators by reporting through the questions and Assurances in ASSIST. For schools choosing to follow through, those results will be reported in the school report card. Districts will not be penalized for failure to report these results; however, districts will need to be prepared to answer questions about these programs since they will not be on the school report card if not reported for this school year (and will appear on some school report cards for districts that do report).
Assurances for K3 programs (not addressed in SB 1) are still due by June 15, 2017 to satisfy RTI reporting requirements in House Bill 69 (2012).
Additionally, SB 1 does require quality writing programs approved by school councils or the principal if no council exists. For this reason, the Assurance for Writing will still need to be completed by June 15, 2017.
Finally, in order to transition to the requirement in SB 1 regarding foreign language programs for middle and high schools, all middle and high schools will need to complete the Assurance for Global Competency/World Languages by June 15, 2017.
For questions on Program Reviews, contact Karen Kidwell at

What is a Program Review?

A Program Review is ...a systematic method of analyzing components of an instructional program, including instructional practices, aligned and enacted curriculum, student work samples, formative and summative assessments, professional development and support services, and administrative support and monitoring KRS 158.6453(1)(i).
Program reviews have been written for five (5) areas: Arts & Humanities, Writing, Practical Living /Career Studies, K-3 and Global Competency/World Languages. They will serve a number of purposes, which include: 
  • improving the quality teaching and learning for all students in all programs 
  • allowing equitable access for all students to provide experiences that contribute to becoming well-rounded, productive citizens 
  • allowing student demonstration of understanding beyond a paper-and-pencil test 
  • ensuring a school-wide natural integration of the program skills across all contents, beyond the program areas 
The review of a program should be an on-going, year-round, reflective process. Through careful review schools will be able to identify strengths, which can be shared with other programs within the building. A careful review will also allow for the identification of weaknesses and areas of growth.  It is to a school’s advantage to communicate the program review process and documents to all staff. As staff identifies their roles in supporting school programs, they can contribute to the process of evidence identification and program improvement.

Jamee Barton
Office of Teaching and Learning
Division of Program Standards
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601-1972
(502) 564-2106
Fax (502) 564-6470