The North Carolina Innovative School District (ISD) was created in 2016 through legislation enacted to improve student outcomes in low-performing schools across North Carolina. The ISD works in partnership with local communities to design and implement strategies for school improvement, creating innovative conditions for accelerating student growth and achievement.

We identify and target barriers to student growth both inside and outside the classroom and design strategies and processes, in partnership with local communities, to eliminate or mitigate these barriers. This helps enable students to exceed expected growth year-to-year and ultimately achieve grade-level proficiency in reading, math and other core subjects.

The ISD will oversee the transfer and operation of the state’s lowest-performing public elementary schools and put them under the management of qualified Innovative School Operators.  The ISD started one school in it inaugural 2018-2019 academic school year. Additional schools are expected to be selected beginning in the 2021-2022 school year.

What is the NCISD?
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ISD Legislation
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The ISD Organizational Structure