The East Baton Rouge Parish School System designed the Innovation Network to improve historically low-performing schools by accelerating progress and implementing evidence-based transformational strategies.
The 13 schools now under this umbrella will experience a more comprehensive plan for innovative school design through autonomous governance, accountability for all, professional development for all educators, a robust approach to teaching and learning, and a collective vision focused on preparing students for opportunities beyond their high school years.
Many factors come into play when we examine why a school is chronically low-performing; educator instructional capacity gaps, student mobility, socio-economic circumstances, high student and educator absenteeism, lack of human and school resources, etc. It is the goal of our school system to address each of these elements head-on in order to provide a high-quality and equitable education for all students. However, the most important unit of change we can impact is daily classroom instruction.
To ensure school-based accountability and sustainability of this transformational work, the district established a Community Advisory Panel (CAP). The CAP engages leading members of the local community and permit a specialized focus on these schools.
The goal is to have each Innovation Network school achieve, at a minimum, a School Performance Score (SPS) growth of four SPS points and grow in line with the 75th percentile growth of all Louisiana schools of the equivalent level and grade annually.
The Innovation Network creates opportunity and constructs for all 13 schools to use increased autonomy to find individualized paths to excellence, commit to high-quality curriculum implementation, and a resolve to hold all adults accountable for improved student results. The Innovation Network school leaders will engage in comprehensive and student-driven professional development with a focus on data-driven strategies to turn around school performance. Through the implementation of high-quality curriculum, leadership development, instructional coaching, and stakeholder engagement, The East Baton Rouge Parish School System expects to see a complete metamorphosis of the historically low-performing schools.
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