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State Board Approves Plans for New District of Innovation

by Xi Guo | Mar 21, 2018

Carey M. Wright, Ed.D., State Superintendent of Education

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For Immediate Release: March 21, 2018

State Board Approves Plans for New District of Innovation

JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) today approved plans for the Hinds County School District to become Mississippi’s newest District of Innovation, bringing the total number of Districts of Innovation to seven.

The Hinds County School District innovation model will create Career Academies that will allow students to earn up to 18 college credits and/or nationally recognized industry credentials while in high school. Students will choose career pathway courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Arts and Business, or Health and Human Services.

High school students will receive ongoing career counseling and will have the opportunity to participate in worksite visits, job shadowing, internships and work-based learning experiences in their chosen career field.

Elementary and middle school students will explore career pathways through the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum. Middle school courses also will include introductory offerings in computer science, engineering and biomedical science.

Hinds County’s District of Innovation partners include Hinds County Community College and Entergy.

Mississippi’s other Districts of Innovation include Corinth, Gulfport, Vicksburg-Warren, Grenada, Baldwyn and Booneville.

Legislation passed in 2015 allows districts to apply for District of Innovation status, which enables the district to request exemptions from state regulations to improve student achievement. Through the innovative model, districts have flexibility in areas such as seat time and teacher certification to allow for innovative scheduling and instruction.

“Mississippi’s Districts of Innovation are restructuring and enhancing their academic and career preparation programs to better prepare students for success in college, career and life,” said Jean Massey, executive director of secondary education at the Mississippi Department of Education.



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