Secondary English Language Arts Program Improvement and Innovation Plan

Relevant details and data for the Secondary English Language Arts Program

Program Overview

The secondary English language arts program

  • Builds on the evidence-based practices used in elementary English language arts.
  • Provides continuity in the instruction of reading and writing.
  • Enables students to refine the following skills for post-secondary success in:
    • Communication
    • Multimodal literacies
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Research

The program aligns with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL), FCPS Program of Studies (POS), and the FCPS learning model.

The secondary English language arts program supports students' academic success by using the high leverage actions from the Closing the Achievement Gap Framework. (Strategic Plan Goal 1: Student Success Elimination of Gaps)

Scope of Impact (2021-22)

School Level Number of Sites Number of Students Served
MS 26 28,989
HS 26 59,402

Strategic Actions and Measures

Updated for the 2022-2023 school year.

Overarching Program Goal

To ensure students are making sufficient progress to be on grade level in English Language Arts.

Goal 1

By the end of the SY 2022-2023, all students will have access to resources that promote culturally relevant and responsive classrooms

Strategic Actions

  • Teachers will participate in professional learning that builds their capacity to create culturally relevant and responsive learning opportunities for all students
  • Develop knowledge around best practices for science-based reading instruction
  • Offer optional, synchronous learning sessions with specialists and experts reading and writing practices
  • Offer asynchronous learning sessions on culturally sustaining instruction


  • Feedback from teachers on professional learning
  • Feedback from students on units and assessments that utilize culturally relevant and responsive learning 
  • Classroom visits that demonstrate implementation of best practices

Goal 2

By the end of the 2022-2023 school year, middle school students will make measurable improvement in Lexile scores as measured by the Reading Inventory assessment.

  1. Tier 2 instructional resources to be responsive to student needs 
  2. Tier 3 resources centrally available through English Language Arts 

Strategic Actions

  • Teachers will receive professional learning on Tier 2 and 3 resources and best practices  
  • Partnership with Department of School Improvement and Support (DSIS) to create after school specials that address conferring with students, high impact lessons, and student engagement.
  • On-going professional learning on centrally supported ELA Tier 2 lessons and 3 intervention programs


  • Collect baseline data around:
    • Lexile scores for Fall 2022 window assessment
    • # of teachers that participate in professional learning from MyPDE, teacher survey on implementation of PD in classrooms 
    • # of teachers that participate in ELA Tier 3 professional learning, student scores on Reading Inventory and SOL