The Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education's work with six School Turnaround Program cohorts, comprising 95 schools in eight states since 2004, has yielded promising results. In only two years, these schools experienced substantial improvements in performance on standardized tests:
- School reading proficiency increased an average of 36%
- School mathematics proficiency increased an average of 46%
Through 2011, 138 schools have completed the University of Virginia School Turnaround Specialist Program, across 10 states (Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, and Virginia).