District of Innovation


A bill that would modify student assessments in Kentucky public schools has unanimously cleared a House committee.

The measure would permit schools under the Kentucky Department of Education’s Districts of Innovation plan to implement new testing methods to assess student performance. 

After being named a District of Innovation, Trigg County Schools are seeking to lift several regulations that could include changing how many years high school students take language arts and math. Now Trigg County High School students must study those subjects all four years.

Trigg Superintendent Travis Hamby says being an innovative district means he can apply for exemptions from regulations. He’s asked for eight.

Three western Kentucky counties look like they will not become a District of Innovation. The Kentucky Board of Education’s review team is making its recommendations at its meeting tomorrow.

McCracken County, Trigg County, and Owensboro Independent schools are not among the review team’s recommendations.

Districts of Innovation come after the passage of a new state law that allows chosen districts to be exempt from certain KDE regulations and local board policies in order to improve student learning. The law was a compromise to charter school legislation.