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Kentucky Department of Education Awards District of Innovation Status to 3 Districts

By Adriana Martinez

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has awarded District of Innovation status to Owensboro Independent, Owsley County, and Trigg Count school districts this year. Through this opportunity, Kentucky public school districts develop innovation plans and apply to the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) to be exempt from certain administrative regulations and statutory provisions in an effort to improve the learning of students. By "re-thinking" what a school might look like, districts can redesign student learning in an effort to engage and motivate more students and increase the numbers of those who are college and career ready. The 2014 Districts of Innovation join a group of dedicated school districts- including Danville Independent, Eminence Independent, Jefferson County and Taylor county- that are thinking outside the box and pushing boundaries in order to achieve greater outcomes for their students. Kentucky, a leading state in the Innovation Lab Network (the ILN), works closely with these districts to identify ways KDE can create a policy environment that incentivizes innovation to improve outcomes for all students. The ILN is a network of nine states dedicated to identifying, implementing and scaling promising innovative practices that lead to greater college and career ready outcomes.