Office of School and District Turnaround
Welcome to the Office of School and District Turnaround.
Since 2009, Massachusetts has defined its approach to district engagement based on the premise that district accountability and DESE assistance must be closely linked to produce continuous and sustainable improvement. Districts are only as strong as their weakest school, Those requiring minimal state intervention are placed in Level 1; those requiring the most intervention are placed in Level 5.
Massachusetts' state system of support enables the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) to provide comprehensive assistance to districts that is differentiated by need, provides structured opportunities for teachers, administrators and district leaders to engage in activities including coaching, action research, facilitated work teams, professional communities of practice, and resource networking. ESE’s Conditions for School Effectiveness and District Standards and Indicators provide processes and tools to support evidence-based practices across the Commonwealth.