Office of School and District Turnaround

Turnaround Plan Guidance for Districts with Level 4 Schools

Level 4 schools are the state's most struggling schools based on an analysis of four-year trends in absolute achievement, student growth, and improvement trends. State law requires that districts with a Level 4 school develop a Turnaround Plan for the school. A Turnaround Plan requires Level 4 districts and schools to identify priority areas and strategic initiatives at both the school and district level, aligned to the research-based findings in the Turnaround Practices in Action report. The Plan also requires clear benchmarks for student achievement and other indicators toward achieving Measurable Annual Goals that will be used as the basis for exiting Level 4 status.

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Level 4 Turnaround Plan Guidance
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Level 4 Turnaround Plan Template
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Redesign Team Guidance
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Collective Bargaining and Using the Joint Resolution Process to Resolve Disputes
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Local Stakeholder Group Guidance

Guidance for Level 4 Districts

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Guidance for Level 4 Districts: Focused Planning for Accelerating Student Learning
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District Accelerated Improvement Planning: Guiding Principles for Effective Benchmarks
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