What is an ISD?
The 57 intermediate school districts (ISDs) or regional educational agencies (RESAs) were created by the legislature in 1962 to bring about quality and equitable educational opportunities to students and schools throughout the state. ISDs accomplish this mission in a number of ways, namely by:
- Creating and promoting economies of scale through things like cooperative purchasing, sharing services such as technology and business services, and special education services;
- Sharing current and credible research, best practices, and innovation through initiatives like professional development; and
- Providing oversight and liaison roles through programs like Career and Technical Education, special education and much more.
Over the course of the past decade, the unique roles of ISDs have adapted to include increased calls for educational accountability. For example, our ISD is taking an active role in helping member districts understand, comply, and implement the standards required under the complex federal No Child Left Behind law and the state accreditation system. We are also building and sustaining local partnerships and sharing credible research on the importance of early childhood care and education. By working with work development boards, business and industry, ISDs help promote growing economies and stable communities.
ISDs serve the educational needs of their constituent local districts.