In 2011, New Bedford Public Schools was named a Level 4 turnaround district by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The district has experienced tremendous progress since the turnaround efforts began. During the last four years, the district has raised the expectations for students and staff and has provided teachers with the tools to promote student learning. In July 2017 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education removed the AIP Monitor from the district. This is a huge milestone marking great progress of the school district.