In an effort to personalize Fort Bend ISD’s approach to student learning, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to pursue a District of Innovation Designation following a public hearing on November 14. Following the November 14 action and in accordance with rules established by the Texas Education Agency, a Local Innovation Committee was established to explore creative and innovative ways the District can better meet student needs. Prior to the Board’s action, both FBISD administrators and trustees stressed that the committee, made up of various stakeholders, would drive the creation of a Local Innovation Plan.
Established by the 84th Texas Legislature, the DOI concept provides local communities the opportunity to decide how they can best deliver their District’s goals – moving away from mandated compliance to innovative possibilities. While many Texas plans have included exemptions from the mandatory school start date, the length of the school day and class-size ratios, Fort Bend ISD administrators and trustees stressed that outcomes of the process were not predetermined, and the process would be collaborative and transparent.
Following approval by the Academic Advisory Council on February 8, the Local Innovation Plan is now posted for a 30-day public comment period prior to consideration by the FBISD Board of Trustees.
The Local Innovation Plan developed and drafted by the Local Innovation Committee identifies innovative ways Fort Bend ISD students would benefit from flexibilities from state mandates in three areas, school calendar, teacher certification and minimum attendance for class credit or final grade – 90 percent rule.
On February 21, we will hold a public meeting so that our staff and community can learn more about the Local Innovation Plan. It will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the FBISD Administrative Annex Building at 3119 Sweetwater Blvd.
Each member of the Board of Trustees appointed three representatives to the Local Innovation Committee, with the superintendent appointing nine. The committee is comprised of various stakeholder groups, who will also consider input from a community survey.
In order to become a District of Innovation, the District’s Academic Advisory Council, or AAC, held a public meeting and approved the Local Innovation Plan by a majority vote. Following the 30-day public comment period, the plan will be presented to the Board of Trustees in another public meeting in late March, with approval subject to a two-thirds majority vote.
February 21, 2017
7 - 8 p.m.
FBISD Administrative Annex Building (3119 Sweetwater Blvd.)
- Local Innovation Plan (approved by the AAC 2/8/2017)
- Academic Advisory Council Meeting video - Feb. 8, 2017
- Questions and Answers document
- Committee Members
- News Release - Nov. 16, 2016
- Timeline (PDF)
- Questions, visit Let's Talk!