Strategic Plan 2019: Glossary


21st Century Learning – Learning the skills and abilities necessary to navigate the 21st Century.

Bridge to Kindergarten is a program designed for students entering kindergarten who have not had any prior pre-school experience. The program focuses on daily kindergarten routines, math and literacy experiences, and becoming familiar with the school environment.

Capstone-type projects combine service, leadership, and research with classroom assignments, under the guidance of one or multiple teacher advisors.

CTE Programs – Career and Technical Education programs

Digital citizenship  involves developing responsible and productive digital citizens.

DRA2 – Developmental Reading Assessment, 2nd Edition

ELL – English Language Learner(s)

Employee  Assistance  Program  (EAP)  helps employees and their family members deal with personal issues that might adversely impact their work performance, health, and well-being. EAP generally includes assessment, short-term counseling, and referral services.

Executive Function is an umbrella term for the management (regulation, control) of cognitive processes, including working memory, reasoning, task flexibility, and problem solving as well as planning and execution.

Keep in Touch is Fairfax County Public Schools’ notification system.

LGBTQ – Lesbian, Gay Men, Bisexual, Transgendered, Questioning

Metacognitive – Awareness or analysis of one’s own learning or thinking processes.

Parent liaisons serve as a link between families and schools. They facilitate family-school communication, which empowers families to become more active partners in their children’s education. Parent liaisons work in the schools and community to help families get the information and assistance they need to support their children at home and to ensure their academic success. The parent liaisons represent a variety of cultures, languages, and races and are one component in a school’s effort to enhance family involvement.

Passages  Monitoring  Reports  provide the outcomes of composite measures reflecting overall student and division performance on student achievement goals 1, 2, and 3 at key stages (“passages”) in students’ careers. The goals are: Goal 1, pursue academic excellence; Goal 2, Develop Essential life skills; Goal 3, demonstrate responsibility to the community and the world.     

PISA – Programme for International Student Assessment, administered by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development  (OECD).

Portrait of a Graduate – The skills necessary for success for all children in this rapidly changing, increasingly diverse, and interconnected world compose FCPS’ Portrait of a Graduate.

Responsive Instruction is a multi-tiered system of support through which teams make instructional decisions based on data. Its framework supports schools in identifying students at risk for poor learning outcomes and providing increasingly intensive interventions based on students’ individual needs and responsiveness.

Restorative Justice practice is a philosophy based on a set of principles for responding to harm and wrongdoing. It is victim-centered, and also focuses on offender accountability to those who were harmed. Within this philosophy, wrongdoing is viewed as a violation of a person or community as well as a violation of a discipline code or public law.

Student Achievement Goals (SAG)

SAG 1 – Student Achievement Goal 1                                                                                                    Pursue Academic Excellence, states: “All students will be literate, able to obtain, understand, analyze, integrate, communicate and apply knowledge and skills to achieve success in school and in life. Academic progress in the core disciplines will be measured to ensure that all students, regardless of race, poverty, language or disability, will graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary for college and/or employment, effectively eliminating  achievement  gaps.”

SAG  2  –  Student  Achievement  Goal  2                                                                                              Develop Essential Life Skills, states: “All students will demonstrate the aptitude, attitude, and skills to lead responsible, fulfilling, and respectful lives.”

SAG  3  –  Student  Achievement  Goal  3                                                                                          Demonstrate Responsibility to the Community and to the World, states: “All students will understand and model the important attributes that contribute to the community and the common good.”

SOSA Measures – System of support advisors

SR&R – Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Student Learning Plan is a process for students to plan for the future by exploring college and  career options. Students will work with their  teachers and school counselor to discover their personal strengths and interests, create goals to help them achieve success, plan for courses that meet high school graduation requirements, and prepare for life after high school.

Teen Wellness Summit –  A summit for discussions focused on student stress and wellness. 

Trust and Confidence Survey – An annual survey designed to measure the level of trust and confidence of parent and non-parent taxpayers in FCPS.

VDOE – Virginia Department of Education

We Survey – A survey designed to provide a context for exploring how the teaching staff, parents, and students view four elements critical to an effective learning environment: rigor, relevance, relationship, and leadership.

WIDA ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment given to kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs).

Youth Survey – The Fairfax County Youth Survey is a comprehensive, anonymous, and voluntary survey given each year to students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12. It examines behaviors, experiences, and other factors that influence the health and well-being of Fairfax County’s youth. The results provide a snapshot of the county’s youth and serve as a barometer of the community’s effectiveness fostering healthy choices in young people. The Youth Survey is a collaboration of Fairfax County Government and the Fairfax County Public Schools.