Lowell, MA

School Turnaround


CTAC worked with Lowell Public Schools’ Charlotte M. Murkland Elementary School, identified as one of the lowest performing schools in Massachusetts. We helped implement the Standard Bearer Schools improvement model to identify and address the root causes of the school’s underperformance.


  • Met the school’s three-year improvement goals in a single year
  • Achieved the greatest gains in state test scores of all 35 of the state’s “Level 4” schools, including significant gains in both English and math
  • Sustained its academic success for three years and is now recognized as one of only four schools to go from worst to first, from Level 4 to Level 1 (top 20%)