• Turnaround in Massachusetts: How it Works

  • Level 4 Districts and Schools

  • Level 5 Districts

    Level 5 is the most serious category in Massachusetts' accountability system, representing receivership. Districts are independently eligible for placement in Level 5 on the basis of a district review; the report of an appointed accountability monitor; a follow-up review report; quantitative indicators set out in state regulations; or failure of a Level 4 district to meet the ESE-approved benchmarks or goals in its improvement plan in a timely manner.
     

  • Level 5 Schools

    Level 5 is the most serious category in Massachusetts' accountability system, representing receivership. The Commissioner may place a Level 4 school in Level 5 at the expiration of its redesign plan if the school has failed to improve as required by the goals, benchmarks, or timetable of its redesign plan; or if district conditions make it unlikely that the school will make significant improvement without a Level 5 designation.
     

  • School Redesign Grants

    On February 2010, the U.S. Department of Education finalized regulations for the use of competitive grants to intervene in each state's lowest performing schools. Massachusetts has been awarded $76 million over three years to provide competitive grants to districts.