Innovation policy and proposal process

​​​​​​​Innovating for Achievement

​​​We want to expand our innovative choices by engaging our community, our own educators and community partners - all with the goal of improving student achievement.

In 2014 the Tacoma School Board of Directors adopted a series of revised and new policies. These policies outline an annual review process for the district's portfolio of innovative school choices.

In January of 2015 the Board of Directors determined a Request for Proposals (RFP) was needed. Two proposals were recieved and community input was gatherd on two proposals. On August 20, the School Board voted to move into the planning phase for both proposals.​​​

Annual schedule for when and how proposals for an innovative school or program will be submitted and reviewed:

  • January:​ Based on budget capacity, current offerings and data-driven needs, the School Board will determine if a :​ Based on budget capacity, current offerings and data-driven needs, the School Board will determine if a Request for Proposals (RFP) is needed.
  • February: The Board will adopt an RFP, if needed.
  • February-April: TPS will advertise the RFP and provide technical support to submitters.
  • May: Program Placement Review Commitee will review and score RFPs. The Board will the scored RFPs and determine if any RFPs meet the identified need(s).
  • June: The Board will vote to move forward with any RFPs or determine that no RFPs will be selected.

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For the RFPs the Board selects:

  • The following academic year will be used for planning and implementation with quarterly updates to the Board.
  • After the year of planning and implementation, the new school will open and be evaluated on an annual basis.
  • The new school will have up to five years to demonstrate sustainability in each of the Strategic Plan goals as well as financial stability.
  • If there is evidence that an innovation is not being implemented as approved, or that is is not producing the expected results, corrective action will be required and monitored closely.