DISTRICT OF INNOVATION
Midland ISD began its transformation in the 2018-19 school year by implementing the District of Innovation concept, jumping on the opportunity afforded by the 84th Legislature’s House Bill 1842 to better individualize instruction at the campus level and improve academic performance. Every Midland ISD staff member has a growth mindset and a “no excuses” philosophy. Click here to view the full plan
A NEW THEORETICAL APPROACH
Over the next five years, Midland ISD will move from the more traditional Managed Instruction theory of action to an Earned Autonomy theory of action. In Managed Instruction theory, school curricula are largely dictated by a centralized authority. In becoming a District of Innovation, Midland ISD instead has implemented Earned Autonomy theory. Midland ISD’s central administration now directly administers some campuses and grants varying levels of autonomy to other campuses based on clearly defined operational thresholds. Central administration methodically identifies paths for performance improvement, aligns educator incentives with student performance and ensures that educator placement is a function of student needs rather than adult preferences.
FULL AUTONOMY AND GREATER ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
Within no more than five years, Midland ISD will transition to a System of Great Schools theory of action, where central administration grants autonomy to schools, empowers parents to make choices, creates performance contracts with campuses, annually evaluates performance of and demand for schools, and makes strategic decisions regarding growing access to high-performing schools and addressing low performers.
PURSUIT OF EXEMPTIONS
Midland ISD is pursuing seven exemptions from the Texas Education Code as a District of Innovation.
Midland ISD District of Innovation
District of Innovation Frequently Asked Questions
Process to Become a District of Innovation Texas Education Code (TEC) Chapter 12A
Resolution for Midland ISD to Initiate the Process of Designation as a District of Innovation Under TEC Section 12A.001