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How RCPS Aligns with New VDOE Guiding Principles
Posted on 05/19/2022
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The Virginia Department of Education released on May 19, 2022, a report on the state of education in Virginia. Click here to read the full report and plan.

When the Roanoke City School Board appointed Verletta White as superintendent nearly two years ago, she immediately mapped out a vision to raise the academic bar for all students, close gaps in student achievement, and increase transparency in school system operations. That vision, entitled Destination 2030, served as the foundation for community conversations, which ultimately led to the development and approval of The Roadmap to Student Success 2022-2028, which is the school system’s strategic plan, adopted in February 2022.

Our strategic plan outlines current and future initiatives to accomplish school system goals.  Current work includes a focus on authentic literacy, post-secondary success initiatives, and the adoption of an assessment system, entitled the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), that provides parents and teachers with a true picture of students’ academic growth in multiple subjects. This system is transparent and provides teachers with accurate and actionable evidence to target instruction for individual students. This system empowers teachers and parents with information to know how students are progressing toward meeting State standards, which also allows them to gauge students’ progress in comparison to students across the nation and internationally. 

The strength of our Roadmap to Student Success is that it was created with community input and feedback. We believe that Governor Youngkin’s Seven Guiding Principles for Virginia Education closely mirror the Seven Pathways outlined in our strategic plan, as we have been and continue to be engaged in high quality instructional practices that will accelerate academic growth and eliminate and close achievement and opportunity gaps, particularly in reading and math. The pathways in our Strategic Plan, which can be found here, are:

  • Early Literacy
  • Academics
  • Post-Secondary Success
  • Overall Well-Being and Sense of Belonging
  • Communications and Community Engagement
  • Recruitment, Retention, and Talent Development
  • Operations

Additionally, as part of RCPS’ legislative priorities, Superintendent White, the RCPS School Board, and division leaders advocated for Assessment Reform during the 2022 legislative session. Advocacy efforts encouraged elected officials to reform statewide assessments to utilize performance-based assessments over antiquated fixed response tests, such as the current Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments. RCPS' legislative priorities can be found by clicking here.

Roanoke City Public Schools is proud of our accomplishments to date, as well as the efforts set forth in The Roadmap to Student Success. We believe that our program is in alignment with Governor Youngkin’s plan.

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