District of Innovation
Local Innovation Plan
- Alvin ISD is seeking to renew its District of Innovation (DOI) designation through the renewal of the Local Innovation Plan. The Local Innovation Plan provides the District with greater local control in decision-making to benefit AISD students and staff. The District of Innovation designation allows Alvin ISD the autonomy from specified state requirements within the Texas Education Code in order to invoke innovative solutions on behalf of students and staff.
- The current Local Innovation Plan has been in place since the March of 2017 and if not renewed, will expire in March of 2022. The Local Innovation Plan must be renewed every five years to maintain a District of Innovation designation.
The proposed Alvin ISD Local Innovation Plan provides for flexibility and exemption from the related Texas Education Code sections for the following areas:
- School Calendar – allows for flexibility in school calendar design, allowing the start of school prior to the fourth Monday in August
- Teacher Certification – supports hiring in hard-to-fill areas (CTE, vocational, etc.)
- Teacher and Principal Evaluations –allows flexibility in modifying the state mandated teacher and principal evaluation instruments
- Class Size Exceptions in Pre-Kindergarten through 4th Grade – will allow the district to continue current practices of monitoring class sizes but not require the district to ask for TEA for waiver each time a class size exceeds the state requirement
- Alvin ISD is seeking community input on the Local Innovation Plan. The Local Innovation Plan is open for public comment until 11:59 p.m. on February 2, 2022. Comments can be provided using the link below.
The District Education Improvement Committee (DEIC) will hold a public meeting to consider and vote on the final version of the proposed plan. The meeting will be held in the Alvin ISD Board Room on February 7, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.