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School & District Turnaround

We believe every neighborhood deserves a high-performing school. The state keeps track of school and district performance through an accountability system that includes 5 levels.

We partner with level 1 and 2 schools to share their best practices with other districts throughout the state. Level 3 and 4 districts receive targeted support, resources, and training from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to help boost student learning.

In the case of level 5 schools and districts, the state takes control of the school or district, implements a turnaround plan, and remains engaged until student performance improves dramatically and sustainably.

DESE, the public school receivers, educators, and the local community develop Level 5 District Turnaround Plans that lay out new visions for each district as well as strategies to rapidly improve student learning.

Southbridge turnaround plan (Spanish)
Holyoke turnaround plan (Spanish)
Lawrence turnaround plan (renewed)

Accountability and Assistance

Assistance for Schools in Need of Broad/Comprehensive and Targeted/Focused Support

State-Operated (Chronically Underperforming) Districts and Schools

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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