House Bill 1842, approved in 2015, created the law that allows designation as a District of Innovation. The law is found under Chapter 12A of the Texas Education Code. It allows traditional public school districts with an acceptable or better accountability rating to create a district-level innovation plan, potentially including exemptions from most of the Education Code.

As more of the state's school districts consider pursing so-called "innovation district" status, we offer a look at what's involved and why you should care, and offer links to the plans in districts that already completed the process.

TCTA's Take

Innovation district experiment: Good idea or trouble for teachers? Get involved with your district-level decision-making committee
TCTA testifies on innovation districts at Senate Education Committee hearing TCTA testifies on teacher preparation, certification at Senate hearing
TEA releases final rules on Districts of Innovation

Districts of Innovation: Where the law may not apply

Districts of Innovation: The Reality  

Steps to become a District of Innovation

Other Resources

Texas Education Agency Texas Education Code Sec. 12A

TCTA helps Georgetown teachers with innovation district proposal

Innovation districts part of reform bills that passed in 2015 session

Districts of Innovation

Below is the list of Districts of Innovation finalized to date, along with the broad categories of exemptions they are claiming. Click the district name to go to the innovation plan for important details.
Allen ISD (start date, teacher certification for CTE, campus behavior coordinator) Anthony ISD (start date; teacher certification; exempt from TEC Chapter 21 rules on appraisal, teacher contracts and conference periods)
Big Spring ISD (start date, class size, teacher contracts, teacher certification, appraisal, planning time) Birdville ISD (start date, attendance, length of school day)
Bovina ISD (start date, end date, teacher certification, contract days for teachers reduced to at 182) Bronte ISD (start date, appraisal, teacher certification)
Bryson ISD (start date, teacher certification) Canton ISD (start date, class size, appraisal, teacher certification)
Childress ISD (start date/school calendar, class size, teacher certification, appraisal, planning time) Clear Creek ISD (start date, minutes of instruction, attendance, district- and campus-level planning, length of school day, course selection prerequisites, assessment program)
Conroe ISD (start date) Coppell ISD (start date, teacher certification for hard-to-fill and CTE, class size, attendance, teacher contracts, minutes of instruction, district-level planning committee makeup)
Crowell ISD (start date, teacher certification for out-of-field, CTE, STEAM, teacher contracts, attendance, minutes of instruction) Denison ISD (start date)
Dripping Springs ISD (start date, minutes of instruction, class size, campus behavior coordinator, teacher certification) Eanes ISD (start date, teacher certification, class size, appraisal, minutes of instruction)
El Paso ISD (attendance, start date, teacher certification, campus behavior coordinator, appraisal, start date) Era ISD (start date, length of school day)
Forney ISD (start date, teacher certification, teacher contracts, campus behavior coordinator) Friona ISD (teacher certification, start date/school calendar)
Galena Park ISD (start date, teacher certification, appraisal, class size, minutes of instruction, campus behavior coordinator, future exemptions allowed by 2/3 vote of school board) Godley ISD (start date, school day interruptions, attendance, teacher appraisals, teacher contracts, teacher certification)
Grand Prairie ISD (class size, start date, teacher certification, minutes of instruction) Gruver ISD (teacher certification, start date, class size)
Hardin-Jefferson ISD (start date, teacher certification, class size, teacher contracts, minutes of instruction, mentor teachers, staff development requirements) Harlingen CISD (start/end date, attendance, class size, teacher certification)
Huffman ISD (teacher certification, length of school day, class size) Humble ISD (teacher certification, class size, length of school day)
Huntington ISD (start date, teacher certification, class size, attendance, minutes of instruction) Huntsville ISD (start date, teacher certification, class size, teacher contracts, attendance, minutes of instruction)
Kaufman ISD (start date, class size, teacher certification, student discipline, teacher contracts) Keene ISD (start date)
Kemp ISD (start date, teacher certification) Lake Travis ISD (start date, teacher certification, class size, appraisal, teacher contracts)
Los Fresnos CISD (start date) Lytle ISD (teacher certification, class size)
Mabank ISD (start date, class size, teacher certification) Manor ISD (school uniforms, teacher certification, professional development/planning time, attendance, class size, start date, minutes of instruction, campus behavior coordinator)
Mansfield ISD (teacher certification, start date) Martin's Mill ISD (class size, teacher/principal appraisal, teacher certification)
Memphis ISD (start date, teacher certification, class size) Menard ISD (start date, teacher certification, class size, teacher contracts)
Mineola ISD (start date, attendance, minutes of instruction, teacher certification, appraisals, campus behavior coordinator) Nazareth ISD (teacher contracts, length of school day, start/end date, teacher/principal evaluation, teacher certification)
Northside ISD (start date) Palmer ISD (start date, appraisal, teacher certification, contract days)
Pearland ISD (start date, teacher certification, class size, appraisal, conference periods, teacher contracts, attendance, campus behavior coordinator, school day interruptions, contract days, district- and campus-level planning requirements, dropout reports, early retirement incentives, furloughs, charitable contributions, long-range energy plan) Plano ISD (start date, teacher certification, appraisal, attendance, minutes of instruction)
Point Isabel ISD (attendance, class size) Red Oak ISD (attendance, teacher certification, teacher contracts, minutes of instruction)
Roby CISD (start date, teacher certification, class size, conference period, attendance, minutes of instruction, contract days) Roscoe Collegiate ISD (start date, class size, appraisal, teacher certification)
Rotan ISD (start date, teacher certification, class size, attendance, minutes of instruction) Round Rock ISD (start/end date, teacher certification, class size, attendance, minutes of instruction, mentor teachers, kindergarten start age)
San Antonio ISD (class size, minutes of instruction, start date) San Saba ISD (teacher certification, teacher contracts)
Slidell ISD (class size, start date, minutes of instruction, teacher certification) Spring Branch ISD (all available)
Terrell ISD (class size, start date, student discipline, campus behavior coordinator, teacher contracts, planning time, minutes of physical education, paperwork reduction, teacher certification) Valley View ISD (start date, teacher certification, class size, teacher contracts, minutes of instruction, contract days now based on minutes, district/campus planning requirements, health advisory council)

Van Alstyne ISD (start date, teacher certification, class size, appraisal, conference period, teacher contracts, contract days)

Van ISD (start date, teacher certification, class size, teacher contracts)
Victoria ISD (start date)  
Note: Districts of Innovation list last updated on Jan. 3, 2017.