In June of 2009, the West Virginia legislature recognized the importance of providing schools with the autonomy they need to solve educational problems and increase student achievement. W. Va. Code §18-5B-1 through §18-5B-9 describes the provisions of the School Innovation Zones Act that allows schools to meet the needs of today's 21st century learner through increased flexibility. WVBE Policy 3236 was written in collaboration with practicing educators, state teacher organization representatives, as well as business and community representatives to provide guidelines to implement education Innovation Zones. While greater flexibility is key, Innovation Zones also provide us with the opportunity to measure the impact of specific innovations on student achievement while holding public education accountable to meeting high standards. To learn more about West Virginia Innovation Zones, visit the Frequently Asked Questions portion of the Innovation Zone website.
|Two consortiums of schools in Cabell County were awarded Innovation Zone planning grants by the West Virginia Board of Education in January of 2010. The elementary schools consortium was formed by eight elementary schools - Altizer, Central City, Cox Landing, Davis Creek, Martha, Peyton, Salt Rock and Southside - interested in raising the achievement of all students by implementing professional learning communities. Cabell's elementary consortium was awarded the largest planning grant of the nineteen awarded across the state. The secondary schools consortium was awarded the third largest planning grant and seeks to redesign the high school expererience by emphasizing rigor, relevance and relationships through a variety of innovative measures. Click here or on the links below to learn more about Cabell County Schools Innovation Zones.|
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