Program Review

  • The Public Schools of Brookline are committed to the continuous improvement of all programs and curriculum areas. In September of 2004, the Program Review process was established to provide a structure for an ongoing, comprehensive, and rigorous examination of our programs with the goal of improving student achievement. Over the past nine years, all curriculum areas and several program areas have successfully participated in the Program Review process. In 2013, programs began to reenter the process for a second round. The process for the second round of Program Review will be adjusted to include a review of outcome data and measures for success gathered since the first round, and progress on the identified actions for program improvement.

     

  • The Process

     
    The Program Review process involves four phases. Here's a link to the comprehensive view of the process. You can find an overview of the process below:
     

    Phase I: Study

     
    Assess the current state of the program. Create a vision for the future. Determine areas of strength and areas for
    improvement and begin to plan how to address them.
     

    Phase II: Plan

     
    Create a plan to address the areas for growth and improvement.
     

    Phase III: Implement

     
    Put the plan (strategies/actions for continuous improvement) into place with sufficient resources and professional development.
     

    Phase IV: Review

     
    Review the process. Check on the progress of the implementation plans. Collect data on the indicators of success.
     
     
    The work of Program Review for each program/curriculum area is carried out by a committee comprised of teachers, parents, and administrators, led by the Director of Program Review and the curriculum/program coordinators for the program under review. Updates on committee work are regularly given to the Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning. Reports on Phase I and Phase II are presented to the School Committee. All reports are published on the Public Schools of Brookline website.
     
    The Program Review process is also used to examine topics that cut across all program and curriculum areas, schools, and grade levels. For example, an Out-of- School Time Program Review Committee looked at the K-8 afterschool and summer program options available to students and families.
     
     
     
  • Program Review Schedule

     
    All curriculum areas and several program areas are currently engaged in the Program Review process. Most programs are in the Implementation and Review phases of Round One of the process.
     

    Round One, Phase III/IV- Implementation and Review

    • Mathematics: began September 2006
    • Visual Arts: began September 2007
    • Science: began February 2008
    • English Language Arts: began September 2008
    • Physical Education/Health Education: began September 2008
    • Social Studies: began September 2009
    • Performing Arts: began January 2010
    • Special Education Program: began March 2010
    • English Language Learner (ELL) Program: began September 2010
    • Career and Technical Education Program: began September 2013

    Round Two, Phase I

     
    Enrichment and Challenge Support Program, began September 2013