Statewide System of Support (SSoS)

Turnaround in Massachusetts: How it Works

Massachusetts' System for Differentiated Recognition, Accountability & Support

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.

Monitoring Site Visits (MSVs) and Turnaround Site Visits (TSVs)

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) uses two types of site visits to provide schools engaged in the turnaround process with formative feedback on where they are in implementing the four turnaround practices. While the primary purpose of these visits it to give information to schools, the Statewide System of Support uses data from these reports to guide our assistance efforts in districts and schools, and in research on effective practices in turnaround across the state. In all cases, MSVs and TSVs are conducted by vendors selected by DESE through our procurement process.

Turnaround Practices in Achievement Gain Schools Video Series

The work of Achievement Gain schools is highlighted in the following video series. In each video, the school staff and leadership tell their unique turnaround story through the framework of Massachusetts' 'Turnaround Practices' research.

Turnaround Practices Research and Evaluation Reports

Under-Performing Schools and School Districts (603 CMR 2.00) - Adopted by the Massachusetts State Board of Education: June 16, 1997. Most Recently Amended: October 24, 2006

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