Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs
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About Our Office
Office of State Support Student Program (OSS) Office supports systemic efforts to improve academic achievement in schools that serve low-income communities. This is accomplished primarily through the administration of programs under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, providing over $14 billion in FY 2009 to improve teaching and learning in public schools throughout the nation.
The Office promotes accountability for improving student achievement by ensuring that States implement rigorous systems of standards, assessments, and accountability that motivate educators to assume responsibility for getting each and every student to achieve at high levels. As well, the Office builds the fiscal, pedagogical, and technical capacity of States, school districts, and schools to get all students (especially those most in need) to meet their State's high academic standards.
Fiscal capacity is supported through the flow of both formula and discretionary grants to States and school districts. Pedagogical capacity is supported through the promotion of effective research-based instructional approaches. Technical capacity is supported through efforts to help educators make good instructional use of all of the flexibility provided in legislation.
OSS Management Staff
Deputy Director (Patrick Rooney)
Group 1 - (Danita Woodley)
Group 2 - (Meredith Farace)
Group 3 - (Supreet Anand)
Group 4 - (Carol O'Donnell)
Group 5 - (Susan Wilhelm)
Group 6 - (James Butler)
The primary responsibility of the Deputy Director of Office of State Support is to assist the Director in carrying out the responsibilities of the Office of State Support Student (OSS). These responsibilities are carried out through facilitation and coordination of activities that include formulating, developing and implementing office policy, budget, staffing and representing the Director in her absence. Additional responsibilities include the day-today management of the office and as liaison between OSS and other offices.
OSS Programs Staff Contacts