Only four of 16 Kentucky school districts that applied to become Districts of Innovation will be recommended for approval at Wednesday's Kentucky Board of Education meeting and officials will not yet say which districts will be denied.
The law was seen as a compromise to charter school legislation.
Over the last several weeks, KDE's Districts of Innovation Review Team--consisting of staff from KDE, Education Professional Standards Board, the Council for Postsecondary Education and the Appalachian Regional Comprehensive Center--scored the 16 submissions using a rubric to measure the quality of the applications, but KDE officials confirm 12 of those applications will be denied.
Jefferson County Public Schools submitted ideas that range from flexibility with the school day, to creating individual Schools of Innovation with community input. According to the application, the district would begin implementation next fall.
JCPS officials say they aren’t sure whether JCPS is one of the four districts being approved and state officials will remain tight lipped until the board receives its recommendations Wednesday.
According to an agenda document, "the most noticeable variations [between the applications] occurred in four areas: Innovative Design, Student Service Plan, Timeline, and Outcomes for Learning."
Districts that are being recommended for approval had "clear and concise alignment of goals, objectives and students outcomes to waiver requests," and the proposed timelines provided, "strong monitoring/implementation plans. The plan can visibly be seen from year 1 of implementation to year 5 and beyond."
Districts that are not being recommended included plans that do "not appropriately reflect innovation (For example, technology does not automatically mean innovation)" and the "baselines and goals are unclear or unfocused."
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
KDE Team Recommending Most 'Districts of Innovation' Proposals Be Denied
This from WFPL: