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Districts of Innovation

The purpose of a District of Innovation or School of Innovation is to better prepare students for success in life and work. Districts offering innovative programs may need flexibility to meet goals and performance targets in the following areas:

  • Reducing achievement gaps among groups of public school students by expanding learning experiences for students who are identified as academically low-achieving
  • Increasing pupil learning through the implementation of high, rigorous standards for pupil performance
  • Increasing participation of all students or subgroups of students in various curriculum and instructional components and instructional components to enhance student achievement
  • Increasing the number of students who are college- and career-ready and reduce the number of students that exit high school in need of remediation
  • Motivating students by expanding curriculum choices and learning opportunities for students

Innovative Districts and Innovative Schools may request exemptions from regulatory areas. The District of Innovation law, section 2, includes areas of innovation which the State Board of Education could consider for exemptions. Districts or schools may request additional waivers if the waiver is needed to support innovative practices and does not violate federal regulations. Districts or schools are not allowed to request a waiver from state assessment requirements mandated by federal regulation.

Current Districts of Innovation
Corinth School District Application 2016
Gulfport School District Application 2016
Vicksburg Warren School District Application 2016
Building Bridges Collaborative – Baldwyn School District and Booneville School District Application 2017
Grenada School District Application 2017
Hinds County School District Application 2018
Oxford School District Application 2019
Rankin County School District Application 2020
Tupelo Public School District Application 2020


Dr. Lea Johnson

High School Programs and Innovative Programs, MOCA