Turnaround Overview

About Turnaround

In April 2015, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to designate the Holyoke Public Schools chronically underperforming (Level 5), placing the district in state receivership. The receivership provides the opportunity for a significant, sustained turnaround in Holyoke.

The 2015 Turnaround Plan was released October 1, 2015, and renewed for another three years effective October 1, 2018. Due to DESE refraining from issuing new accountability determinations for districts and schools for SY20-21, the Morgan and HPS turnaround plans remain in effect. Following that plan and driven by the steadfast commitment of our students, educators, staff, families and community, we are proud of our improvements.  More students are having greater success, as more students are achieving on grade level, the graduation rate is increasing, and students are thriving in welcoming, safe and supportive schools.  

Across the district, a spirit of collaboration and empowerment has taken hold. We are building a system where school leaders and their teams have the knowledge and support necessary to create and foster school learning environments. School leaders and their teams partner with parents, families and community agencies to fully support the whole child.

We have raised expectations and centered on a collective mission: Through an equitable, high-quality education and trusting relationships, all Holyoke students develop the skills and access the opportunities to graduate high school ready for life, career, and college.

At the core of the original plan was the firm belief that all Holyoke students deserve a world-class education. There is still significant work ahead to achieve this reality. Student achievement remains below state expectations, and many students still do not graduate high school. We cannot afford to mistake improved for acceptable.

We have already demonstrated that, by working together, much improvement is possible. Juntos Podemos! Together we can!


Read more about our accomplishments here.

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