Priorities, Vision and Goals
The Montgomery County Board of Education is the official educational policy-making body in the county. The Board is responsible for the direction and operation of the public school system. The Board consists of seven county residents elected by voters for a four-year term and a student elected by secondary school students for a one-year term. Board members are elected county-wide but run at-large or from the Board district in which they reside.
- MCPS is committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure that every child, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, language proficiency, or disability, learns and succeeds.
- Student outcomes shall not be predictable by race or ethnicity.
- MCPS has high expectations for all students, believing that all children can learn at high levels.
- Every student is a unique learner and MCPS will tailor instruction to meet the learning needs of each student.
- A comprehensive early years’ program is critical for students to acquire the knowledge and skills to be successful in reading, writing, and mathematics.
- The pursuit of excellence for all students requires providing our neediest students with the extra support necessary to attain rigorous targets.
- MCPS demonstrates commitment to continuous improvement by reviewing, evaluating and improving our work and monitoring student performance data.
- MCPS is committed to a culture of respect that includes fair treatment, honesty, openness, and integrity.
To provide leadership and oversight for a high quality educational system with community-supported goals, policies, and resources committed to benefit our growing and diverse student population.
A high-quality education is the fundamental right of every child. All children will receive the respect, encouragement, and opportunities they need to build the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be successful, contributing members of a global society.
- Ensure success for every student
- Provide an effective instructional program
- Strengthen productive partnerships for education
- Create a positive work environment in a self-renewing organization
Board of Education Academic Priorities*
- Organize and optimize resources for improved academic results.
- Align rigorous curriculum, delivery of instruction, and assessment for continuous improvement of student achievement.
- Expand and deliver literacy-based initiatives from pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 to support student achievement.
- Use student, staff, school, and system performance data to monitor and improve student achievement.
- Foster and sustain systems that support and improve employee effectiveness, in partnerships with MCPS employee organizations
- Strengthen family-school relationships and continue to expand civic, business, and community partnerships that support improved student achievement.
- Develop, pilot, and expand improvements in secondary content, instruction, and program that support students’ active engagement in learning.
*Revised July 17, 2007
- What do students need to know and be able to do?
- How will we know they have learned it?
- What will we do when they haven't?
- What will we do when they already know it?