Friday, August 7, 2009

Program reviews taking shape

Yesterday's state board meeting offered some insight into how the new program reviews will work for arts and humanities, practical living/career studies, and portfolio writing. KDE staff reported that for each subject, the reviews will check:

• Curriculum and instruction
• Formative and summative evaluation
• Professional development and teacher support
• Administrative leadership support and monitoring

Practitioner panels will develop up to ten indicators of strength under each standard.

As specified under SB 1, the state will review each school's program every other year, while districts check the programs annually. Pilot reviews will occur over next two years, followed by full implementation in the 2011-12 school year.

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