Overview

Frederick County Public Schools has established itself as a high performing school system compared to many other Maryland districts. However, FCPS faces a rapidly changing environment, including diverse student needs, changes to local, state, and national regulations, and an unpredictable fiscal climate. In response to these shifts, FCPS has worked over the past several months to develop a long-term strategic plan that will guide the academic and operational goals of FCPS moving forward.

The aspirational goals and priorities will help FCPS to achieve its mission. The mission is to:

  • Reach our students with exceptional teaching and caring support,
  • Challenge them to achieve their potential, and
  • Prepare them for success in a global society.

Once the goals and priorities are finalized, FCPS will develop benchmarks and targets, ensuring that progress toward the goals and priorities is measured with regularity.

Finally, FCPS district leadership will begin to implement the strategic vision. While the aspirational goals and priorities outline the "what," the district will form initiatives that outline the "how." The initiatives will articulate and outline the specific actions the district will take regarding each priority.

Goals

Involved families and community members are essential in helping schools deliver on the promise of public education as we reach, challenge and prepare every child for success. We are still working to refine the priorities under each goal. Here are the goals we strive to achieve together:

Aspirational Goal 1:  FCPS will equip each and every student to be an empowered learner and an engaged citizen to achieve a positive impact in the local and global community.

Priority 1:  FCPS will provide each and every student high quality instruction that fosters inquiry, creative thinking, complex problem solving, and collaboration.

1.

By 2020, student survey responses indicating a positive experience will increase by    x    % until reaching _____% in the following areas:

  • Engagement in their classes
  • High Expectations in their classes
  • Opportunities to collaborate in their classes
  • Opportunities to use problem solving skills in their classes
  • Opportunities to demonstrate creativity in their classes
  • Feeling adequately prepared for the next step in their educational program

2.

By 2020, 95% of high school seniors will meet or exceed standards for career/college readiness as determined by two or more of the following measures:

  • Overall GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Performance on AP*/IB**/SAT/ACT****/Dual Enrollment tests
  • Industry standard licensure
  • Performance on high school accountability tests

3.

By 2021, 95% of high school graduates will be successfully employed or enrolled in a post-secondary school or college.

Priority 2:  FCPS will raise achievement for all students and eliminate achievement gaps.

1.

By 2020, the percent of students enrolled in HAL/Magnet programs/AP/IB/Honors courses will mirror the demographic percentages of the county

2.

By 2020, the percentage of students achieving proficiency on local measures of curricular achievement will not differ by more than 10 percent based on race, culture, poverty, or special needs.

3.

By 2020, at least 85% of schools will meet or exceed state accountability expectations for ALL student groups.

Aspirational Goal 2:  FCPS will hire, support, and retain staff who champion individual, professional, and student excellence.

Priority 3:  FCPS will implement strategies to ensure a high quality and diverse workforce.

1.

By 2020, FCPS staff will mirror the diversity in the community.

2.

By 2020, the percentage of employees who participate in programs to receive advanced certification or credit will increase by 5 percent from the 2015 baseline.

3.

By 2020, Stakeholders’ (students, staff, and community members) survey responses indicating a positive perception on items regarding the customer service received when interacting with FCPS employees will increase by    x    % until reaching _____%.

Priority 4:  FCPS will support all staff by providing ongoing opportunities to grow as professionals throughout their career.

1.

By 2020, staff survey respondents indicating a positive experience will increase by    x    % until reaching _____% in the following areas:

  • Availability of opportunities for professional development
  • Quality of professional development offered
  • Awareness of career pathways available to them

2.

By 2020, the percent of staff promoted within the school system who participated in relevant preparatory programs offered by FCPS will increase by 5% from the 2015 baseline.

3.

By 2020, the majority of staff participating in stay interviews will indicate professional growth opportunities are a significant factor in their decision to remain with FCPS.

Aspirational Goal 3:  FCPS will pursue and utilize all resources strategically and responsibly to achieve identified outcomes and inspire public confidence.

Priority 5:  FCPS will provide equitable distribution of all resources based on the varied needs of students and schools.

1.

By 2020, Stakeholders’ (students, staff, and community members) survey responses indicating a positive perception on items regarding availability of courses, instructional materials, and programs in their school will increase by    x    % until reaching _____%.

2.

By 2020, at least 80% of schools will have achieved a 1:1 ratio of student: computer.

3.

By 2020, at least 90% of schools will have a capacity rating of 100% or less.

Priority 6:  FCPS will promote clear communication and transparency in allocation of resources.

1.

By 2020, Stakeholders’ (students, staff, and community members) survey responses indicating a positive perception on items regarding the quality of communication regarding the FCPS budget and allocation of resources will increase by    x    % until reaching _____%.

2.

By 2020, FCPS will strive for and obtain the Association of School Business Officials’ Meritorious Budget Award.

3.

By 2020, FCPS will receive no repeat findings on external audit reports.

Aspirational Goal 4:  FCPS will nurture relationships with families and the entire community, sharing responsibility for student success and demonstrating pride in all aspects of our school system.

Priority 7:  FCPS will encourage and sustain collaborations with families and the entire community to support student success.

1.

By 2020, Stakeholders’ (students, staff, and community members) survey responses indicating a positive perception on items regarding outreach efforts, collaboration, and engagement will increase by    x    % until reaching _____%.

2.

By 2020, the percent of parents who actively engage with FCPS will increase by at least 15% as measured by a combination of the following tools:

  • Online grading program
  • FOF subscriptions
  • Conference attendance
  • Social media interactions

3.

By 2020, the number of volunteer hours will increase by at least 15%.

Priority 8:  FCPS will equip staff with the knowledge and tools necessary to be positive ambassadors who build support for our goals and initiatives.

1.

By 2020, FCPS employees survey responses indicating a positive perception on items regarding internal communication and knowledge of key systemic initiatives will increase by    x    % until reaching _____%.

2.

By 2020, Students and community members survey responses indicating a positive perception on items regarding interactions with and communication from FCPS staff and Board members will increase by    x    % until reaching _____%.

3.

By 2020, at least 90% of FCPS employees will utilize resources provided to inform them of key systemic messages.

Aspirational Goal 5:  FCPS will promote a culture fostering wellness and civility for students and staff.

Priority 9:  FCPS will promote and maintain a safe and respectful environment.

1.

By 2020, Stakeholders’ (students, staff, and community members) survey responses indicating a positive perception in the following areas will increase by    x    % until reaching _____%:

  • Feeling safe in school
  • Feeling respected by staff and students
  • Number of incidents involving drugs or weapons in their school
  • Number of incidents involving bullying or cyberbullying at their school
  • Preventive measures used in the schools (accidents, disasters, etc.)
  • Educational opportunities related to safety

2.

By 2020, the percent of students suspended from school will not exceed 5% for any student group.

3.

By 2020, the percent of students suspended in school will not exceed 8% for any student group.

Priority 10:  FCPS will foster personal well-being and health among students and staff through increased awareness and engagement on these topics.

1.

By 2020, every school will have a student attendance rate of 96% or higher.

2.

By 2020, the average daily attendance rate of staff will increase by 3% from the 2015 baseline.

3.

By 2020, Stakeholders’ (students and staff) survey responses indicating a positive response in the following areas will increase by    x    % until reaching         %:

  • Availability of opportunities to participate in physical activities at or for school/school system
  • Availability of educational resources related to nutrition, wellness, safety, etc.
  • Participation in opportunities related to wellness
  • Recognizing a culture of wellness in their school

Steering Committee Membership

Member Position
Theresa Alban Superintendent
Mita Badshah Middle School Principal
Zakir Bangali BOE Member
Tracey Franklin High School Principal
Chris Horne Curriculum Specialist (Pre K-5, Math)
April Miller BOE Member
Jeanine Molock Director of Research, Development and Accountability
Leslie Pellegrino Executive Director of Fiscal Services
Randy Perrell Elementary School Principal
Larry Phillips Custodial Services Specialist

Sample Description of Roundtables

The steering committee intended for the strategic plan to accurately capture the sentiments of the entire Frederick County community. To that end, the steering committee sought input from a wide variety of community members and organizations through a number of channels, e.g. through public roundtable discussions, online, and through social and traditional media.

One of the ways by which we sought community input was through a series of roundtable discussions. We appreciated representation at these sessions from members of the community – including parents, teachers, education experts and students.

All roundtable sessions were open to the public, and we encouraged anyone from the public wishing to share thoughts and feedback to attend.

For additional information, please review Developing a long term strategic plan for FCPS.

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