The Mississippi State Board of Education gave approval on Thursday for the Corinth School District to continue implementing the Cambridge International curriculum and other innovative programs.

Along with other districts, Corinth’s application for continued District of Innovation status was approved.

In addition to implementing Cambridge, the district will continue with the modified calendar, which provides opportunities in quarterly intersession periods for internships and remedial and accelerated learning. Corinth will also offer project-based learning in middle and high school, gifted education opportunities to all students in grades 2-8, and dual credit/dual enrollment options. To reward teachers, it will use local funds to provide performance-based pay supplements.

The district or school of innovation status exempts districts from certain state regulations, allowing them to implement different types of programs.

Corinth, Gulfport and Vicksburg Warren School districts were the first in the state to be approved for District of Innovation status in 2016. In 2020, juniors in Corinth and Gulfport exceeded the state average ACT for score of 17.7, with Corinth students averaging 19.3 and Gulfport students averaging 19.8. Vicksburg Warren students averaged 16.1.

Along with Corinth and Gulfport, Oxford, Grenada, Baldwyn, Booneville, Hinds County, Tupelo and Rankin County school districts currently operate as Districts of Innovation. The state board also approved Laurel High School to become a School of Innovation.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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