State of the Division
Through the annual State of the Division report, the school division provides information to the School Board and the community about our successes and challenges from the previous school year. The report serves as an accountability tool, whereby ACPS seeks to track our progress toward meeting our goals and to identify and improve our weaknesses. The report also informs our decision-making, whether we are evaluating an instructional method, shaping a systemic practice, or considering budget priorities.
Each year, ACPS shares the State of the Division report as another opportunity to engage our stakeholders, including our students and their families, our employees, and our community members. We consider stakeholder feedback to be an essential part of the continuous improvement process, and we encourage community members to contribute to our ongoing efforts to learn, adapt and grow through participation in school board meetings, community meetings, and online surveys.
State of the Division 2020
A Time Unlike Any Other
When the 2019-20 school year dawned on August 21, 2019, it opened the window on what was widely anticipated to be an exciting and influential year for the division’s more than 14,000 students and their families, our many community partners, and nearly 3,000 employees.
We were looking forward to several powerful programs that would reduce learning and opportunity gaps, including an expansion of culturally responsive teaching certifications and professional development; the inauguration of a talent development model that would tap the passions and capabilities of not some, but all students; and the beginning of a division-wide training and development program fully implementing our anti-racism policy.
We also were on the cusp of a community-wide collaboration that would modernize a strategic plan dating back to 2012, thereby extending the expansion of student choice in all grade levels. This expansion in turn would more closely align curriculum and work- and project-based learning opportunities with student passions and potential.
Then March 13, 2020, happened. In a matter of days, schools across the Commonwealth closed, and while the education process didn’t stop, school divisions were compelled to readjust their operations to fit within strict public health and safety boundaries.
Keep reading: Open the 2020 report (PDF) »
State of the Division 2018 (Presentation to the School Board; PDF)
State of the Division 2017 (web page)
State of the Division 2016 (web page)
State of the Division 2015 (web page)
State of the Division 2011 (PDF)
Virginia School Quality Profiles
For every school division and school in the Commonwealth, the Virginia Department of Education provides a School Quality Profile containing information about student achievement, college and career readiness, program completion, school safety, teacher quality, and other topics of interest to parents and the general public.