Annual Report 2016-2017

The Superintendent’s Annual Report
By David Jeck, Ed.D., Division Superintendent

Dear friends of FCPS,

The state requires that each year, every division superintendent produce a divisional report, or “checkup,” regarding the overall health of the school division. I am happy to report that FCPS is healthy, vigorous, and strong.

2016-2017 was a very good year, and not just because we only had a few snow days. Our average SAT scores rose by 68 points to an all-time high of 1125. Our graduation rate was 95.5% for the class of 2017. This is a remarkable number, good enough to be ranked #1 among school divisions with enrollments between 8,000-15,000, and 16th overall. FCPS also saw 18 of 19 schools earn full state accreditation (one school is considered “approaching” accreditation, missing the benchmark in reading by one point).

We have a lot to be proud of. As you read about the accomplishments of our students and staff, you will see why we are so proud…and so healthy. Students and staff have been recognized regionally, state-wide, nationally, and even globally! I’ve stated since the day I arrived here that we have remarkable students and teachers. I am so proud and humbled to serve as their superintendent.

Still, we have work to do. Achievement among our neediest students lags behind the general student population. Our discipline data demonstrates additional inequity among various student groups just as it does among those identified for gifted and talented services, dual enrollment, AP, and Governor’s School. Our greatest challenge as a school division, in my view, is ensuring that the playing field is level for all students, that all students are exposed to a rigorous and engaging curriculum, and that we maintain high expectations for all students. In order to accomplish this, we have to differentiate for kids…meet them where they are, and raise the tide so that ALL of our vessels rise together. We can do this! All it takes is a lot of hard work and tremendous efficacy: the belief that all kids can be successful.

Lastly, I thank you for reviewing this document and for your support of our school system.