Office of Program Evaluation

About Us

The Office of Program Evaluation (OPE) effects high quality teaching and learning in Fairfax County Public Schools through research-based processes, tools, and evidence. OPE's activities span a wide range from accountability reporting on FCPS instructional programs and services to screening all requests to conduct research and collect data within FCPS.

What We Offer

The Office of Program Evaluation serves FCPS staff, the School Board, and the community through research-based processes, tools, and evidence. Learn more about our offerings by selecting from the list below:


The table below lists OPE’s current program evaluations, monitoring projects, and research studies by school year. For each active project, the project name, report, primary audience, and report status are included. A description of the project can be seen by placing your cursor over the project name. For additional information and associated project documents, click on the provided links.

 Office of Program Evaluation Projects During SY 2015-16
Project
Report
Primary Audience Report Status
(Links will be made available as reporting is completed.)
Program Evaluation Projects:

Extended School Year (ESY)

ESY Final Evaluation Report

Chief Academic Officer

Completed
October 2015

Monitoring Reports:

Honors Courses: Monitoring Impact of Changes Report

Honors Monitoring Report: Final Report

Superintendent,
Leadership Team

Completed November 2015

Family and Early Childhood Education Program (FECEP)/Headstart

SY 2014-15 Analyses of Former FECEP Students

Instructional Services

Completed
April 2016

Discipline Regulation and Practices

A Study of Changes in Discipline Regulation and Practices: School Years 2004-05 through 2015-16

School Board

Completed
April 2016

English Learner (EL) Study

EL Study, Year One Report

School Board

Completed
January 2016

Research Studies:

Impact of Pre-Kindergarten Experiences

Final Report: Study of the Impact of Pre-Kindergarten Experiences on FCPS Students

School Board

Completed
May 2016

Reading in the Elementary School: Approaches and Performance

Strengthening the Elementary Reading Program for All FCPS Students

School Board

Completed
November 2015

 Office of Program Evaluation Projects During SY 2014-15
Project
Report
Primary Audience Report Status
Program Evaluation Projects:

Career and Transition Services (CTS)

CTS Program Final Evaluation Report

Chief Academic Officer

Completed
August 2014

Extended School Year (ESY)

ESY Interim Evaluation Report

Chief Academic Officer

Completed
April 2015

Monitoring Reports:

Principal Satisfaction with Department Services (DAS Survey)

SY 2013-14 Survey Results of Administrator Satisfaction with FCPS Departments

Superintendent,
Leadership Team

Completed
July 2014

Student Achievement Goals: Analysis and Monitoring Report

SY 2014-15 SAG 1.1 Report

Instructional Services

Completed
November 2014

PSI: Monitoring Student Performance Report

Final Monitoring Report on PSI

Superintendent

Completed
July 2014

Honors Course: Monitoring Impact of Changes Report

Honors Monitoring Report Year Two

Superintendent,
Leadership Team

Completed
December 2014

Discipline Process: Monitoring Impact of Change Report

Discipline Analysis: Final Report

Superintendent,
Leadership Team

Completed
May 2015

Family and Early Childhood Education Program (FECEP)/Headstart

SY 2013-14 Analyses of Former FECEP Students

Instructional Services

Completed
April 2015

Research Studies:

Math Curriculm Study

Math Curriculum Study Report 4: Opportunities for Acceleration and Rigor and Student Performance in Mathematics

Superintendent,
ALG

Completed September 2014

Math Curriculum Study: Final Report

School Board

Completed September 2014

Focus Group Study of Elementary School Transition to Full-Day Mondays (FDM)

Elementary School Transititon to FDM
Focus Group Summary

Superintendent,
Chief of Staff

Completed July 2014

Master Schedule and Standard Calendar Survey

Master Schedule and Standard Calendar Survey Technical Report

Superintendent,
Chief of Staff

Completed January 2015

Community and Staff Feedback on the Development of the Strategic Plan

FCPS Staff and Community/Parent Reactions to the Proposed Division Strategic Plan Actions

Superintendent

Completed
April 2015

   

How We Do Our Work

The products and services provided by the Office of Program Evaluation reflect professional standards established by the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE), a coalition of national associations committed to promoting high quality research and evaluation. The JCSEE's standards cover five areas:

  • Utility: The utility standards are intended to increase the extent to which program stakeholders find evaluation processes and products valuable in meeting their needs.
  • Feasibility: The feasibility standards are intended to increase evaluation effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Propriety: The propriety standards support what is proper, fair, legal, right and just in evaluations.
  • Accuracy: The accuracy standards are intended to increase the dependability and truthfulness of evaluation representations, propositions, and findings, especially those that support interpretations and judgments about quality.
  • Evaluation Accountability: The evaluation accountability standards encourage adequate documentation of evaluations and a metaevaluative perspective focused on improvement and accountability for evaluation processes and products.

A more detailed explanation of these standards is available here.

Recardo V. Sockwell

Office of Program Evaluation
Gatehouse Administration Center I
8115 Gatehouse Road
Suite 2100
Falls Church, VA 22042
Recardo V. Sockwell
Phone: 571-423-1430
Fax: 571-423-1437

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Staff Information

Webpage Curator

Yvonne Milan
ydmilan@fcps.edu

Last Updated

June 20, 2016