Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 2/20/2020 - 6:30 PM
Category: New Business and Reports to the Board
Type: Info
Subject: Family Engagement Evaluation--40 mins.
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:
200220_Presentation_Findings_from_the_ACPS_Family_Engagement Initiative_Evaluation_Presentation_v1.pdf
Agenda Item Summary: The February 7, 2020 Board Brief presented the culminating report of the 2019 comprehensive division-wide evaluation of family engagement. The evaluation is one piece of an ongoing effort to fulfill a 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. In an effort to continuously improve in the area of family engagement at a systems level, ACPS has initiated a process for identifying the key drivers of change which will be presented 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. Surveys of families and staff conducted by an internal evaluation team were combined with data from observations (including site visits, secret shopper phone calls, and document analysis); staff focus groups and interviews; focus groups with English-speaking parents/guardians; and group interviews with non-English speaking parents/guardians collected by external partner, ICF International.
The evaluation framework, a collaborative effort across multiple ACPS departments, 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