Board of Supervisors Adopts FY18 Budget

Albemarle County LogoOn Monday, May 15, 2017, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors conducted a public hearing on the Calendar Year 17 Tax Rate. Formal approval of the tax rate and adoption of the FY 18 budget followed that public hearing.

The adopted Fiscal Year 2018 combined capital and operating budget totals $397,897,173 and is balanced with a tax rate of $0.839 per $100 of assessed value. Continue reading

Analyzing Student Work: Using Peer Feedback to Improve Instruction

The Professional Learning Community (PLC) model is intended to use student information—formative and summative assessments—to analyze and figure out with peers what support is needed by individual students to address learning gaps before they grow too large. This Edutopia video captures a PLC’s focus on analysis of student work samples and peer feedback. While it’s an elementary PLC, the model applies to all levels.

Performance-Based Assessment: Making Math Relevant

Math teachers at Hampton High School (Allison Park, PA) have designed performance-based assessments to make learning engaging and relevant to life in the real world through authentic experiences. Watch how math students role-play air traffic controllers and pilots to assess their skills in this “Disaster Mission Relief” simulation:

Budget Update – Feb. 10, 2016

Superintendent Pam MoranDear Colleagues:

I’d like to begin by thanking so many of you who joined Matt Haas, Lorna Gerome and me last week during our all-day online discussion of the 2016-17 funding request. Every one of our schools was logged on at one point or another, and we were grateful for the opportunity to share information on the funding request in depth and to take and answer your questions. Your engagement with this process is helpful as we work with the School Board to adopt a balanced budget for next year.
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Edutopia Spotlights ACPS – Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need

At Albemarle County Public Schools, flexible classrooms empower student choice, increase student engagement, and improve student participation. Watch Edutopia’s spotlight on ACPS in their “schools that work” series, which highlights practices and case studies from K-12 schools and districts that are improving the way students learn.