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.
The list of standard waivers for ECHS can be found here.
Current Early College High Schools
Golden Triangle ECHS 2015
Natchez ECHS 2016
River City ECHS 2016
Coahoma Agricultural ECHS 2018
Greenville ECHS 2018
Jackson Public Schools ECHS 2018
Current Middle College High Schools Programs
Harrison County Collegiate Academy MCHSP
George County Collegiate Academy MCHSP
Petal High School Bridge Program MCHSP
Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Seminar Curriculums for Early College High Schools
High schools work to increase college- and career-readiness skills in order to prepare students for college, career, and life. These skills enable students to not only graduate high school but also pursue higher education. Eighty-six percent of high school students expect to attend college but lack the guidance and support needed to prepare for college enrollment and success. College- and career-readiness skills are measured through students’ mastery of four major components: key cognitive strategies, key content knowledge, academic behaviors, and contextual skills. Together, these four major components develop students who are fully prepared for postsecondary education.