Turnaround Plan Guidance
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9/28/18 - A Letter from the Associate Commissioner of the Statewide System of Support on 2018 Accountability Results and Aligned Assistance
11/16/18 - A Letter from the Associate Commissioner of the Statewide System of Support on Turnaround Planning Requirements for Schools in the Lowest 10 Percentiles and the Targeted Assistance Grant (TAG)
11/16/18 - A Letter from the Associate Commissioner of the Statewide System of Support on Turnaround Planning Requirements for Schools with Low-Performing Subgroups Only and the Targeted Assistance Grant (TAG)
Turnaround Plans for Schools Requiring Assistance or Intervention
The Statewide System of Support (SSoS) in the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) has created a plan template and accompanying guidance for district and schools identified under Massachusetts' Next-Generation District & School Accountability System as requiring assistance or intervention (see Broad/comprehensive support and Focused/targeted support in chart below).
Schools without required assistance or intervention
Schools requiring assistance or intervention
Schools of recognition
Partially meeting targets
|Schools demonstrating high achievement, significant improvement, or high growth
||Criterion-referenced target percentage 75–100
||Criterion-referenced target percentage 0–74
*Schools with percentiles 1–10
*Schools with low graduation rate
*Schools with low performing subgroups
*Schools with low participation
*Chronically underperforming schools
Just as the new accountability system in Massachusetts was designed to meet federal ESSA Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements, this turnaround plan guidance and template was designed to support schools and districts in meeting federal ESSA planning requirements, as well as state planning requirements under the Massachusetts Act Relative to the Achievement Gap M.G.L. Ch 69, Section 1J . In addition to its alignment with state and federal planning requirements, this template and guidance promotes research-based evidence of best practice in high performing Massachusetts turnaround schools and the turnaround practices.
These materials were developed from the lessons learned across the state and based on some guiding principles:
- A streamlined plan with succinct narrative that is user-friendly and an authentic guide for all practitioners
- A systematic and intentional strategic plan to drive rapid school improvement
- A plan that is built on benchmarks that effectively measure growth throughout the school year to determine if the school is making progress towards meeting their annual goals
- A living document that can be used as a communication and reflection tool
While the resources below are intended to provide districts and schools the guidance and additional resources they need to effectively engage in the turnaround planning process, ESE's Statewide System of Support (SSoS) regional assistance staff are available to provide support to schools engaged in this important work. You can reach out to leaders of the Coastal, West/Central, or Strategic Transformation regions to access these supports.
A note for schools only designated as requiring assistance or intervention for one or more low-performing subgroups: It is recommended that these schools should use this full set of guidance in developing a plan, focused throughout on analyzing data, selecting strategies, and monitoring progress towards improving academic outcomes for students in those subgroups.
This website provides detailed guidance and instructions for each step of the turnaround planning process. A district and school team can access each section on this web page when needed for each step.
Turnaround Plan Template
Turnaround Plan at a Glance
A Full Set of Turnaround Plan Guidance and Instructions — coming soon
How long should the turnaround planning process take? We offer this guide for planning timelines for both schools engaging in this process for the first time, and for schools that are renewing on an annual basis.
Sample Timeline for Turnaround Plan Development