AAP Resolution

Resolution in Support of an Updated and Equitable Advanced Academics Program

In Fairfax County Public Schools

Whereas, Fairfax County Council Parent Teacher Association’s mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children; and

Whereas, FCCPTA values are Collaboration, Commitment, Diversity, Respect and Accountability; and

Whereas, the FCCPTA Executive Board applauds and supports the joint One Fairfax[1]Equity policy of the Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; and

Whereas, unacceptable and disproportionate opportunity gaps exist among children who might otherwise excel in Advanced Academic Programs[2]; and

Whereas, the Fairfax County School Board and FCPS Leadership are committed to eliminating gaps in opportunity, access and achievement for all students, as expressed in the Ignite[3]strategic plan Aspirational Statement: “Participation and performance rates will be similarly high across student groups in Advanced Academic Programs;”

Now, therefore, be itresolvedthat the Fairfax County Council Parent Teacher Association Executive Board recommends that Fairfax County Public Schools develop a plan to expand access to advanced academic services to elementary school children, regardless of race, ethnicity, affluence, disability, educational level of parent(s) or guardian(s), spoken language at home, or school that:

  1. Is developed under the leadership of the Superintendent consulting with the School Board in at least one work session or forum in January or February 2019 to publicize a draft plan by March 2019 for finalization and adoption in April 2019;
  2. Involves eliciting support of nationally recognized experts on educational excellence and equity to provide recommendations for improvement grounded in current research, best practices, and position statements, using resources such as those provided by the Virginia Board of Education, the National Association for Gifted Children, and the National Center for Research on Gifted Education;
  3. Includes professionally managed engagement of all stakeholders, including but not limited to all elementary school principals, all elementary school parents, citizen advisory groups such as the Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee, the Advanced Academic Programs Advisory Committee, the African American Parent Advisory Council, the Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities, the Fairfax County Council Parent Teacher Association, the Special Education Parent Teacher Association, the Fairfax County Association for the Gifted, and Fairfax County Public School students and alumni, and community organizations that represent the educational interests of various populations within FCPS;
  4. Elicits the institutional expertise acquired by elementary school principals, teachers, and staff who are using Advanced Academic Program curricula, differentiation strategies, and professional development in their schools to achieve excellence through equity for all of their students;
  5. Details metrics and statistics to publish on a regular basis to provide for greater transparency and accountability in the effectiveness of efforts to ensure no child with innate or developed academic ability is overlooked in the processes for identifying elementary school children eligible for access to advanced academic services;
  6. Improves communications with parents, guardians, teachers, and staff to ensure that each child has access to a team of advocates who can ensure that the child’s strengths and areas of potential are identified and fully developed.

Signed this 28thday of November, 2018.

Jane Miscavage

President

[1]https://www.fcps.edu/onefairfax

[2]Page 10, Draft Baseline Targets worksheet presented to Fairfax County School Board, November 19, 2018, https://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/fairfax/Board.nsf/files/B6KS6A711EC3/$file/Baseline%20Targets%20worksheet.pdf

[3]https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/strategic-plan

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