Education and Lifelong Learning

Outcome Statement

Fairfax County fosters education that promotes a responsive, caring and inclusive culture where all feel valued and that all are reached, challenged and prepared for success in school and life.


(Below you will find supporting work of this priority area to date. More updates will be added as the strategic planning process continues.)


  1. Readiness for kindergarten.
  2. Academic attainment.
  3. Career-based education attainment.
  4. Effectiveness of learning-related technology and learners’ access to it.
  5. Language and communication proficiency.


(What's an indicator? Indicators are ways to measure the county’s progress, both for the community at large and for county government. They are clear, quantifiable and they help manage progress toward achieving strategies in the strategic plan. They are statements that express what we hope to achieve. These are NOT specific performance metrics at this point.)

Challenge Questions

  1. How will we ensure that all children have access to quality early learning opportunities?
  2. How will we adapt our approach to effective lifelong learning and education as our county experiences changing demographics and gaps in language/communication proficiencies?
  3. How will we ensure that we equitably and effectively support all county residents seeking to acquire the career and technical skills that employers want?
  4. How will we ensure that social and racial factors do not predetermine residents’ access to high-quality lifelong learning opportunities?
  5. How will we more effectively engage partners (FCPS, technical schools, higher education and employers) to provide education to meet the demand of the market and provide opportunities for all county residents?
  6. How will we keep up with and provide equitable access to new and innovative learning technologies (whether within schools or in public learning arenas)?


(What's a challenge question? A challenge question is a clear articulation of the diagnosed problem/opportunity that people are experiencing. It is informed by evidence, data, subject matter expertise, outside-in perspectives and on-the-ground realities. Challenge questions are phrased in a way that drives toward an impact, allowing for a variety of solutions.)

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