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Massachusetts School Turnaround Research Partnership


The Massachusetts School Turnaround Research Partnership is working with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to examine the turnaround practices and indicators of the lowest performing schools in the state in order to improve them. The Partnership is also exploring how to best share information about effective turnaround practices with a broader audience, including districts and schools.


  • Support state policymakers in using and applying research as they consider adjustments to strategies to support low-performing schools.
  • Identify and develop strategies for low-performing schools and districts to use extant data to improve decision making.


Carrie ParkerSusan Therriault
Managing Researcher
REL Northeast & Islands


Training Project: Using Place-Based Analyses to Understand Barriers to Teacher Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention in Low-Performing Schools and their Districts
To address the acute challenge of ensuring a strong teacher pipeline and stability in the teaching force for low-performing schools, and recognizing that the root causes for teacher shortages may vary by location, REL Northeast & Islands is working closely with DESE staff and two pilot districts with low-performing schools to build GIS (geographic information system) maps that include state, district, and school pipeline data on teachers, including data on recruitment, hiring, quality, retention, and migration.

Research Study: Examining the Association between Schoolwide Instructional Measures and School-level Student Outcomes in Massachusetts’ Low-performing Schools
Since 2010, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has made a significant investment in developing a coherent and aligned system for supporting and monitoring its lowest performing schools. The monitoring process includes collecting schoolwide observation data of classroom instructional practices, which DESE then uses to provide formative feedback to schools on their turnaround practices. This study is using schoolwide instructional observation data, collected using Teachstone's Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) tool, to examine whether the schoolwide CLASS observation data are associated with improved schoolwide student achievement and growth. Learn more.


Name Title Organization
Erica Champagne Director, Office of Effective Practices in Turnaround Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
Carrie Conaway Chief Strategy and Research Officer, Office of Planning and Research DESE
Kendra Winner Research and Evaluation Coordinator DESE