Mastery Charter Schools, based in Philadelphia, Pa., has mastered the art of the turnaround—transforming underperforming schools with the ingenuity, skills, and commitment of its educators and administrators. Every day, students in this network of charter schools are inspired to achieve beyond their expectations and beyond what might have been possible before Mastery stepped in to revitalize these troubled schools.

For Peter Lee, deputy chief of technology, Mastery’s success results in part from its commitment to create a teaching culture guided by data. “I would say that data is key to our efforts,” he says. “Culturally, our people pride themselves on being...

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