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In 2014, the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership (SEZP) was created to turn around nine persistently low-performing middle schools. The SEZP team collaborated with principals to design an integrated system of supports, tools, and processes that equipped principals with the guidance they needed to best support teachers, students, and school communities. The results? Student learning indicators are positive: three schools increased their state percentile rank for student growth in ELA by 10 or more percentage points, and four schools have accomplished this same feat in math. Read more.