NC INNOVATIVE SCHOOL DISTRICT

NC INNOVATIVE SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT :: Dr. Eric Hall

WHAT IS THE NC INNOVATIVE SCHOOL DISTRICT?

In 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly established in law an Achievement School District, created to improve student outcomes in low-performing schools across the state. Recently, this model has been re-envisioned, with a focus on creating innovative conditions in local communities and schools, where data-driven partnerships can come together with a single vision for equity and opportunity for all students. This effort, now renamed in state statute (G.S. 115C-75.6) as the North Carolina Innovative School District (ISD), will engage in local communities to design and implement strategies for school improvement. Two such strategies include:


Innovative Schools

These are schools that have been identified by the state as recurring low-performing schools and have been approved by the State Board of Education to be operated under the Innovative School District (ISD) by qualified charter or education management organizations (CMO/EMO). CMO/EMO partners will work under contract for five years, with performance expectations that must be met annually. At the end of the contract, the school shall be transitioned back to the control and management of the local school district, unless other options are agreed upon by the local school board, the ISD Superintendent and approved by the State Board of Education.


Innovation Zones (I-Zones)

If a local school district partners with the ISD for the transfer of a low-performing school for operation as an Innovative School, that district may apply and be considered for the creation of a locally controlled Innovation Zone (I-Zone). The I-Zone is a strategy that provides a group of low-performing schools within a local district the opportunity to benefit from additional flexibilities, often aligned with those provided to charter schools in the state. These zones and their schools are established and managed by a separate division in the local district, using matching funds from the state. This local I-Zone office will be managed by an Executive Director and support team solely focused on the improvement of these schools.


Power Point Presentation to the NC State Board of Education on July 6, 2017
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