Department of School Improvement and Supports
The mission of the Department of School Improvement and Supports (DSIS) is to provide strategic, direct, and data-driven supports to schools through a region-based approach for the purpose of increasing student achievement, access, and opportunities for all children. Through the lens of equity for all, DSIS provides instructional leadership, curriculum development, program evaluation, professional development, non-traditional education settings, activities and athletic programs, and sound assessment practices in compliance with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), to ensure that all regions are given the resources needed to ensure their schools thrive and deliver excellence for all children.
Areas of Responsibility
The Department of School Improvement and Supports is organized to provide support and services for FCPS schools, students, and parents.
Office of the Assistant Superintendent
The assistant superintendent of DSIS supports and advises the superintendent on department-related matters; provides leadership and direction to the offices that comprise the department; serves as a liaison to the School Board on matters involving offices within DSIS to include state reporting and accountability metrics; serves as a liaison to principals and other stakeholders; and represents the Division in the areas of school improvement, non-traditional schools, activities and athletics, and assessment and accountability at the community, state, region, and national levels.
Office of School Support
The Office of School Support (OSS) provides instructional leadership and support to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and ensures that all FCPS employees engage in professional learning that enhances skills and practices that inspire, enable, and empower students to learn. OSS is made up of five region teams and one high school team who support K-12 schools across the Division. Additionally, OSS leads the work of Project Momentum. OSS staff members work to build capacity in schools with a focus on best practices in instruction, attendance, and on-time graduation. Staff members also facilitate job-embedded coaching and professional development; observe instruction and provide feedback; and support teachers and collaborative teams to plan instruction, analyze assessment, and refine practices.
Office of Student Activities and Athletics
The Office of Student Activities and Athletics is an integral part of the total elementary, middle, and high school education programs. FCPS stresses the importance of providing a well-balanced activities program to augment the learning activities of the classroom. The student activities program is a progressive experience that prepares students for the challenges of adult life. Opportunities are provided at all levels and include participation in activities such as safety patrols, publications, student government, performing arts, honor societies, and special interest clubs, in addition to opportunities for growth and enrichment through athletics.
Office of Assessment and Reporting
The Office of Assessment and Reporting coordinates the Division’s formal assessment program, including the preparation, administration, interpretation, and communication of student assessments. The office collaborates to cultivate positive and purposeful assessment experiences for Fairfax County students, families, teachers, and school leaders while ensuring full compliance with federal, state, and local testing expectations. The office is organized into three teams addressing the five core areas of responsibility that provide support and services to the FCPS community.
Office of Nontraditional School Programs
The Office of Nontraditional School Programs provides instructional leadership, curriculum development, and support for nontraditional schools and programs that serve students with special needs and life challenges in grades K-12. These specialized programs support the implementation of the strategic goals directed by the FCPS School Board as they relate to at-risk students in varying degrees of academic and social-emotional distress. Specifically, the nontraditional programs foster academic progress, essential life skills, and citizenship through individual student plans targeting specific academic and behavioral improvements, social supports, and emotional guidance for students facing significant life challenges and adversities.