Fairfax County Public Schools K-12 Assessment

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Primary Contact Name: 
Shannon King
Funding Framework: 
Start Date: 
March 2016
Grant Term: 
24 months
Funding Priority: 
Formative Assessment, Aligned Systems/Accountability
Fairfax County Public Schools Assessment in 2020 Assessment for Innovation

Student-led Assessment Networked Improvement Community in Virginia

Participating Schools: 

  • Locations:
    • Fairfax County, VA
    • Frederick County, VA
    • Loudoun County, VA
    • Cumberland County, VA
    • Henry County, VA
    • Albemarle County, VA
    • Roanoke County, VA
    • Chesterfield County, VA
    • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Settings: Urban, Rural, Suburban 
  • School Type: District
  • Targeted Grades: K-12
  • Number of Participating Students: More than 1,000
  • Number of Participating Teachers: To be determined
  • Curriculum Areas: All

The Team:

  • Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Frederick County Public Schools
  • Loudoun County Public Schools
  • Cumberland County Public Schools
  • Henry County Public Schools
  • Albemarle County Public Schools
  • Roanoke County Public Schools
  • Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools
  • EdLeader21
  • Virginia Department of Education  

The Project: The team is establishing a Networked Improvement Community (NIC) across Virginia focused on student-led assessment for deeper learning. Student-led assessment involves students as stakeholders in their learning process, so this means students need opportunities for meaningful learning and structures to reflect on that learning. They also need feedback so they can set goals and measure their growth toward both mastery of the content and the district’s Portrait of a Graduate attributes. Each of the districts within the NIC intend to implement student-led learning in ways that align with their current assessment plan. Some examples:

  • Developing a student-curated portfolio system
  • Providing opportunities for students to present their work during Exhibitions of Learning
  • Implementing rubrics that allow students to self-assess growth  

The Hypothesis: If a Networked Improvement Community across districts in Virginia is focused on student self-assessment, then:

  • Evidence of student-led assessment practices that lead to improvement in teaching and learning will be identified.
  • Those practices that can be reliably spread and scaled across diverse contexts will be identified and implemented (e.g., with a variety of student populations, diverse communities and districts).

The Learning: By design, a Networked Improvement Community (NIC) leads to improvement across multiple contexts in ways that are reliable and measurable. In this case, then, the project will lead to scale far beyond the initial participating districts. The team’s ultimate goal is to spread and scale their learning to all interested districts, particularly those that are already part of the EdLeader21 Professional Learning Community.