LCPS to Implement Schoology to Enhance Learning Management


Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) will implement the Schoology Learning Management System in fall 2020 to improve the learning environment for students, staff, and families.


Planning for the adoption of a division-wide Learning Management System began in 2017. When the COVID-19 pandemic impacted classroom instruction in March, the district turned to Google Classroom, the digital classroom tool used by a majority of teachers, to support distance learning through the remainder of the school year. 


As LCPS plans for potential scenarios for the fall, having access to a full-featured Learning Management System will provide a number of important benefits.


Schoology will provide a seamless learning environment to help LCPS improve student performance, foster collaboration, and personalize learning for every student. 


As an integrated division-wide system, Schoology will enable parents to see what their students are learning and how they are performing; teachers will be able to efficiently collaborate and share resources; and administrators’ ability to monitor, track and assess student, school, and division-level performance will be enhanced.


Belmont Ridge Middle School Instructional Facilitator for Technology Steve Norman compares and contrasts Google Classroom and Schoology. "With Google classroom, you go to Classroom and then you pick your class and you're still going into those individual environments. In Schoology, when you log in, you come to your dashboard and you're seeing due dates or things that are coming up for all of your classes in one spot. You'll see anything that's overdue for all of your classes in the one spot. If the principal or I, as an IFT, are trying to push out a daily announcement or a daily communication, you can put it there in that one spot," Norman said.


Family accounts in Schoology will provide better visibility into a student’s assignments and schoolwork, providing parents better tools to be partners in their child’s education. Parent access to the courses in which their students are enrolled includes the ability to see:

  • Upcoming assignments and classwork;
  • Recent assignments;
  • Overdue activities;
  • Groups their student is a part of; and
  • A calendar displaying events and assignments for each course.


Parent accounts in Schoology also allow parents to participate in courses as learners, allowing LCPS to engage and support parents via the platform. 


Schoology’s assessment functionality in LCPS will include:

  • Enhanced assessment tools and question types; 
  • Standards-aligned assignments and assessments; 
  • Selective grade passback to Phoenix Gradebook; and
  • The ability to share district-created assessments and assignments if desired.

Schoology also works hand-in-hand with Phoenix, our division’s Student Information System that houses all student records, course schedules, and teacher grade books. Parents will continue to use ParentVUE to access and update important information about their children and see up-to-date information about grades. While ParentVUE continues to provide information about student’s important records and academic progress, Schoology will give parents a new window into the work that is happening in class that leads up to the grades that display in Phoenix.


Park View High School Social Science and Global Studies teacher Liz Thomas speaks to how the platform can empower parents as partners in their children's learning. "The nice thing about Schoology is...parents have a much better idea of the things that are coming up, the things that students are working on right now,” Thomas said.


Teacher sharing and collaboration becomes division-wide in this new platform. Currently, sharing is localized in teams and schools. Division-wide sharing will reduce duplication of effort and save teachers time. It also can be used to provide better access to division-curated content and resources.


More than half of LCPS teachers have already completed training in the use of Schoology, and virtual training continues. Many teachers who have taken the training have provided positive feedback.


Tracking student usage and engagement also is simplified with Schoology. Integral division content and distribution tools will enable school and division administrators to support teachers better, and district management and data syncs will save teachers time. 


LCPS is currently exploring three instructional scenarios for fall 2020, including in-person learning without physical distancing; a combination of in-person learning with physical distancing measures in place and distance learning; and distance learning without in-person learning. The Schoology platform will support learning across all three scenarios.


LCPS will provide self-guided and self-paced virtual student and parent training in the use of Schoology over the summer. More information, including user guides and support materials for how to use Schoology as a parent and a student, also will be made available at back-to-school time.