Highlights early outcomes of school reform efforts launched under a new state law with support from the Race to the Top program, including progress in turnaround schools, charter schools, and innovation schools. Outlines challenges and recommendations.
- Successful Strategy: The state developed and began implementing turnaround plans for the 34 lowest-performing schools, and in one year, student performance increased, as measured by academic proficiency and growth rates.
- Observation: The state identified high-performing "proven providers" and awarded 16 new charters, mostly in Boston.
- Observation: Eighteen in-district "charter-like" schools, called innovation schools, opened to serve specific populations of students and implement new programs, models, and structures.
- Observation: Achievement gaps persist between white students and African American and Hispanic students and between low-income and non-low-income students.
- Challenge: Large numbers of Level 3 schools (one level above "turnaround schools") appeared to lose ground, with increased percentages of students scoring "Warning/Failing" in English and math.