Within the IPS Innovation Restart Model, schools rated an F for three consecutive years are considered “chronically low-performing” and will be eligible for restart effective in the 2016-17 school year. The model includes open, proactive and timely with school leaders, families and community members to ensure stakeholders have the opportunity to engage in initiatives to monitor progress before a restart occurs.


Why is the Innovation Restart Model being implemented? 

The purpose of the Innovation Restart Model is to ensure principals and school communities have a clear understanding of what is happening academically within our low-performing and failing schools. The Innovation Restart Model gives school communities a timeline that outlines the steps over the course of three years to improve student outcomes.


“No one will feel blindsided or unprepared, every step of the way, the Restart Model ensures that there is open communication between the district, school leaders and the school community,” says IPS Innovation Officer Aleesia Johnson.


What does the Innovation Restart Model entail?

After four years of receiving a failing grade, schools could face takeover from the state. The Innovation Restart Model has a three-year timeline that details actions that will be taken in order to get the failing schools to a passing grade. You can view the Innovation Restart Model here.

Joyce Kilmer Academy at School 69 has experienced years of low performance and fits into the Innovation Restart Model framework. IPS is exploring having Joyce Kilmer Academy at School 69 become an Innovation School under the Innovation Restart Model, wherein IPS would be working with a partner organization to operate the school.


“Joyce Kilmer Academy has received a failing grade for multiple years and so we see this as a strategy to leverage opportunities to ensure that the district remains in control of the school as well as a way to improve academic achievement,” says Johnson.


A restart would look very similar to Phalen Leadership Academy at Francis Scott Key School 103. The process would begin with the partner coming in and talking with parents/guardians and the community to share their model and receive critical feedback. Staff members would also join the discussions and also have the ability to apply for continued employment at the school as an employee of the partnering organization. Once the decision is made to restart the school, the remainder of the school year would be spent focusing educating students while preparing for a smooth transition.


“It’s important to note that the transition will not look the same in every school, there are different situations and factors in every school community; remaining open-minded during the process would be best,” says Johnson.


IPS is proud to implement the Innovation Restart Model in the 2016-2017 school year. We are positive that this model will continue to advance us toward achieving academic excellence for all students. For more information on IPS Innovation Network Schools visit our website.