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Districts of Innovation

Current Districts of Innovation:



The mission of Districts of Innovation is to better prepare students for success in life and work by allowing districts flexibility in structure and implementation for requisite success.



  • Expand learning choices through innovation
  • Enhance learning for all students through innovative instruction
  • Implement rigorous standards
  • Reduce achievement gaps
  • Reduce student remediation post-graduation
  • Increase student engagement for all


Exemptions and Waivers

Districts of Innovation and Schools of Innovation can request exemptions from regulatory areas. Section 2 of the District of Innovation legislation allows for certain exemptions and waivers from standard requirements. This added flexibility offers easier implementation of innovative programs, provided the exemptions and waivers do not violate federal regulations and are approved by the State Board of Education. Note that state assessment requirements are not eligible for waivers. 


Wendy Clemons

Associate Superintendent of Secondary Education

David Cress

Innovative Programs