Program Reviews

Elementary Education

KDE Program Review Page

In March 2009, Kentucky’s General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1. Passage of this bill established the implementation of a program review to be included as part of a new assessment and accountability model. 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 Language. They will serve a number of purposes, which include

  • improving the quality teaching and learning for all students in all programs
  • allowing equal access to all students the skills that will assist them in being 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.  Source- Kentucky Department of Education

Changes to Program Review Effective 2016-2017

  • Program Reviews will be completed on a state- designated rotating schedule; two per year
  • Schools will complete Assurances yearly for each program
  • Rubrics are streamlined, focusing more holistically on program quality
  • No evidence will be listed in ASSIST
  • Schools will no longer write rationales in ASSIST
  • Schools will no longer complete Career Advising Diagnostic or the Next Steps Diagnostic in ASSIST
  • K-3 programs will now only be documented using the Assurances (This will be the only reporting process for the K-3 Program Review.)
  • Timelines for entering data will be in place and late entry in ASSIST will result in “0” score for that Program Review
  • Work plans will replace rationales – KDE will provide examples and non-examples of evidence-based work plans

2016-2017 Program Review Rubrics, Tools and Resources


Various Resources: 
Program Review Informational PPT
FAQs Writing Requirements for Program Reviews 2010
World Language Resources
World Language Resource Publications
Building Language Programs from KDE
Tennessee Department of Education World Language Page
West Virginia Downloadable WL Lesson Plans 
Kentucky Teacher Article on Program Reviews