All Students are Succeeding

Laura wants high academic achievement in all schools, not just a few.  She wants Evaluating policies and practices to ensure that they are improving student outcomes can inform the allocation of resources. Shifting resources to the programs or practices with the greatest evidence of effectiveness can maximize students’ chances of success. Improving student achievement, however, does not necessarily mean spending more on education. In fact, there are tremendous efficiencies to be achieved by serving students well at the outset and each step along their school career. 

I want high academic achievement for all so they can get high-paying, rewarding jobs and compete effectively for work being outsourced to other countries.  

Here they are some of the most important problems I see with the FC Public Schools:

  • Mediocre academic achievement, especially in STEM fields. Last year only 21% of FCPS students who took the Algebra I SOL passed at the advanced level. Based on that I estimate that only 21% of our graduates will qualify for high-salary STEM jobs.
  • Uneven performance in high schools. For example, while TJ has an average SAT of 1516, Lanlgey is 1314, South Lakes is 1205, Herndon is 1187, and Justice is 1094. We need high achievement in all our schools, not just a few.
  • The Minority Student Achievement (MSA) gap. For example, on the SAT, while the average for Asians and whites was 1285 and 1238, the average for Hispanics and blacks was 1103 and 1077. According to the ACT, while 69% of Asians and 58% of whites were prepared for college STEM courses, only 36% of Hispanics and 19% of blacks were prepared for college STEM courses, and this was among a subset of students applying to college. Actually, even the Asian and white scores should be higher, read more:, 



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