Program Review Basics

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 areas: Arts and Humanities, Writing, Practical Living and Career Studies, K–3, and Global Competency/World Language. They will serve a number of purposes, including:

  • Improving the quality of teaching and learning for all students in all programs.
  • Allowing all students equal access to the skills that will assist them in being productive citizens.
  • Allowing student demonstration of understanding beyond a paper-and-pencil test.
  • Ensuring a schoolwide natural integration of the program skills across all contents, beyond the program areas.

The review of a program should be an ongoing, 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 identify their roles in supporting school programs, they can contribute to the process of evidence identification and program improvement.