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MCPS Student Achievement Team. Students First: Looking to the Future. School Board Update February 15, 2011. Student Achievement Team Members. A Message from Brenda Blackburn. Click here to play video. MCPS Mission.

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mcps student achievement team

MCPS Student Achievement Team

Students First: Looking to the Future

School Board Update

February 15, 2011

a message from brenda blackburn
A Message from Brenda Blackburn

Click here to play video.

mcps mission
MCPS Mission

The mission of Montgomery County Public Schools is to be a community of excellence that develops each student’s full potential to be a lifelong learner and a productive global citizen.

mcps vision
MCPS Vision

MCPS values a high-performing learning culture that places “Students First” by:

  • Cultivating positive relationships based on mutual trust, respect, and open communication among all stakeholders;
  • Holding highexpectationsforachievement and accountability through effective practices which actively engage students and staff and instill enthusiasm for learning and teaching;
  • Sustaining a nurturingenvironment that ensures the physical safety and emotional well-being of all individuals within the learning community; and
  • Valuing continuouslearning and providing growth opportunities for staff, students, and members of the community.
charges from the superintendent
Charges from the Superintendent
  • Analyze testing data in reading and math to target our achievement gaps.
  • Compare MCPS to Other Districts in Virginia: Region VI; districts with demographics similar to MCPS; the highest performing districts in Virginia (especially those making AYP).
  • Learn from other school districts that are having success in closing the gaps and meeting AYP.
  • Identify the data we need to guide our improvement efforts.
  • Review the research regarding the practices of school districts that are successfully closing the gaps.
  • Measure our progress: reduce the failure rates for all subgroups.
  • Close the gaps!

Principals’ Vertical Strand Meetings

  • Discussing data and ways to support students and staff
  • Looking at practices to increase graduation rates

Principal-Student-Parent Meetings

  • Developing awareness of specific expectations and SOL requirements
  • Analyzing student supports:

- School

- Home

  • Strengthening personal connections

Learning from Other School Divisions

  • Areas of Interest

- Remediation for Struggling Students

- Special Education

- Instructional Strategies/Initiatives

- District-Level Procedures

  • Henry County – December/January
  • Augusta County, Bedford County, Martinsville City, Patrick County, Warren County

What We Took With Us:

Multiple Perspectives

  • District
  • School
  • Elementary
  • Secondary
  • General Education
  • Special Education
  • RTI

What We Brought Back:

MCPS is on the Right Track

  • Focus on Student Learning
  • Relationships
  • Structures
  • Curriculum Alignment
  • Professional Development
  • Data-Based Decision Making

Student Learning

Base decisions on multiple data sources.



School Process

data literacy
Data Literacy
  • What is literacy?

“Having the knowledge and skills to function effectively within a particular context.”

  • What is data literacy?

“The ability to interpret and use multiple data sources effectively to improve teaching and learning.”

‐ Nancy Love

Using Data to Improve Learning for All:

A Collaborative Inquiry Approach

  • Why do we need to be data literate?
looking to the future
Looking to the Future

The MCPS Student Achievement Team is

working to maintain our district-wide focus on

student achievement, build upon what we are

already doing well, and provide direction for

our future work to keep Students First.