Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 2/7/2020 - 6:00 AM
Category: Accountability
Type: Info
Subject: Family Engagement Evaluation Report
ACPS 2025 Strategic Plan Goal:
Goal 2: Family and Community Engagement
Policy: IGBC - Parent/Guardian Involvement
Funding Source or Fiscal Impact (where applicable):
File Attachment:
Agenda Item Summary: In 2019, ACPS conducted a comprehensive division-wide evaluation of family engagement toward fulfilling its commitment to collaborate with families in providing high-quality services in the education of Alexandria’s youth. The evaluation identified strengths, challenges, and stakeholder feedback across key focus areas as well as a number of recommendations for improvement. ACPS has initiated the process for identifying the key drivers of change for systemic improvement which will be implemented in a forthcoming division action plan.
Background: The purpose of this evaluation was to provide ACPS with a better understanding of the needs, barriers, resources, and services to engage all families across contexts. The evaluation was conducted in two phases with the internal ACPS evaluation team conducting surveys of families and staff in Phase I and ICF International conducting 1) observations (including site visits, secret shopper phone calls, and document analysis), 2) staff focus groups and interviews, 3) focus groups with English-speaking parents/guardians, and 4) group interviews with non-English speaking parents/guardians.
The evaluation framework focused on five key areas of focus: Environment/Culture; Relationships; Decision-Making; Communication Practices; and Initiatives and Activities. Components of three research-based parental engagement models were used to develop a comprehensive concept map catered to the unique needs and interests of ACPS.
Recommendation: The Superintendent recommends that the School Board review the evaluation report for future discussion regarding possible planning, programmatic, and/or budgetary changes.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Clinton Page - Chief Accountability Officer
Signed By:
Gregory Hutchings - Superintendent