Dorn Approves 12 “Innovation Plans” Recommended by Educational Service Districts
OLYMPIA – March 1, 2012 – State Superintendent Randy Dorn today announced his approval of the applications for 12 “innovation plans” submitted by 11 Washington state schools and one district and recommended by their local educational service districts.
These applications are a result of E2SHB 1546, which took effect on July 22, 2011, and tasks the state superintendent “to create a process for creating innovative schools, with a priority on models focused on the arts, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (A-STEM) that partner with business, industry, and higher education to increase A-STEM pathways that use project-based or hands-on learning for elementary, middle, and high school students.” Schools and communities that are struggling to improve student academic outcomes and close the educational opportunity gap were especially encouraged to participate.
“I support teachers and administrators doing what it takes to make kids ready for a career or college,” Dorn said. “I strongly encourage schools to be bold and creative when finding solutions that work for kids.”
Innovation plans that were recommended by educational service districts and approved by Dorn include:
- Riverpoint Academy, Mead School District
- Toppenish High School, Toppenish School District
- Vancouver School of STEM, Vancouver Public Schools
- River HomeLink, Battle Ground Public Schools
- Odyssey: The Essential School, Highline Public Schools
- Tacoma Public Schools
- First Creek Middle School, Tacoma Public Schools
- Baker Middle School, Tacoma Public Schools
- Bryant Montessori, Tacoma Public Schools
- Stewart Middle School, Tacoma Public Schools
- Foss High School, Tacoma Public Schools
- Three Rivers HomeLink/STEM-Link Program, Richland School District
Each innovation school and innovation zone must submit an annual report to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction on their progress. To retain the designation of “innovative,” the school or zone must show progress over time in improving student achievement and success.
The approved plans will be implemented beginning in the 2012-13 school year.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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