School Improvement & Innovation Plan

Outcome goals for this academic school year

School Improvement & Innovation Plan At A Glance

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology | Fairfax County Public Schools | Region 2

Goal 1: Grading and Reporting

Collaborative Learning Teams (CLTs) will define, communicate and put into practice consistent assessment and homework workload expectations.  These practices will serve to:

  • alleviate academic stress
  • improve and align student, staff and parent perceptions of fair and consistent grading practices;
  • improve and align student, teacher and parent perceptions of meaningful and beneficial homework; and
  • enhance dialogue among students, teachers and parents.

Steps/Strategies

  1. Ensure enacted syllabi aligns with intended syllabi by providing opportunities for teams to reflect on the efficacy and, where warranted, to revise the syllabi during the academic year to meet the needs of students and dynamic nature of teaching and learning.  
  2. Design professional development to explore how grading relates to the use of student and teacher time.
  3. Study existing student homework workloads and evaluate within the context of district policy and TJHSST faculty expectations.  
  4. Establish division consistency in grading standards for vertical skills (e.g. writing, presentations, lab notebooks, etc)
  5. Evaluate the relevance of existing TJHSST graduation requirements.

Goal 2: Academic Integrity

Establish a school-wide culture of high academic integrity among students and staff to restore personal balance, confidence and efficacy.

Steps/Strategies

  1. The TJHSST Honor Code promotes integrity, gives guidelines on reporting violations, and encourages student self-advocacy.
    • Syllabi will include a link and standard verbiage as related to the TJHSST Honor Code.
    • Syllabi will include explicit steps that direct students how to report integrity violations.
    • Syllabi will include a reference to the TJHSST Student Advocacy to guide student in making positive choices and communicate in a respectful and responsible manner.
  2. The Honor Council and Administration will continue to collaborate on how to promote integrity. Restorative Justice practices will continue to develop by educating the student body and addressing reports appropriately in a timely manner.
  3. Administration will continue to utilize presentations that describe due process when Honor Code violations occur.  Specifically, a presentation will be delivered to freshmen and all students new to TJHSST.  Furthermore, when an administrator meets individually with a student who has violated the honor code, the administrator may use the presentation during the conference process.
  4. Administration and Student Services will examine existing systems of academic support, communicate and reinforce the systems with faculty and students, and counsel students on healthy strategies to meet the academic standards at TJHSST.

Goal 3: Literacy

To support students becoming creative and critical thinkers (as defined by FCPS’ Portrait of a Graduate), we will work towards establishing a multi-disciplinary culture of literacy.

Steps/Strategies

Establish school-wide language around literacy through:

  1. Various professional development opportunities.
  2. Colleague Classroom Visits focused on use of instructional strategies and scaffolds for
    • making connections
    • synthesizing and extending thinking
    • questioning
    • culturally responsive practice
  3. Meeting with CT leads and DMs to share instructional concerns, strategies, and successes.