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Office of School Turnaround

The Office of School Turnaround (OST) provides financial assistance to States to help improve student outcomes in the lowest-performing schools.

The Office administers the Title I School Improvement Grants program authorized in section 1003(g) of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. The School Improvement Grants program provides funds to improve student achievement in the persistently lowest-achieving schools. OST is also responsible for helping to coordinate the Department’s programs and initiatives focused on school improvement and for supporting States, districts, and schools as they implement critical reforms to turn around the lowest-performing schools.

OST is headed by a Director who reports to the Assistant Secretary and/or respective Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and who advises the Assistant Secretary and/or Deputy Assistant Secretary on matters related to the programs administered by OST.

OST is responsible for providing financial assistance and integrated technical assistance and monitoring at the State and local level that focuses on the effective use of School Improvement Grants program resources to turn around schools that have been identified as persistently lowest-achieving. This office also has responsibility for working collaboratively with other OESE program offices and other principal operating components across the Department to develop strategies, guidance, and networks to aid the lowest-performing schools.

The administration of these programs involves the development of legislative proposals; formulation of program regulations and policies; the establishment of management goals and priorities; the provision of leadership and information to the education community and others concerned with the issues addressed by the programs; the design and conduct of grant selection procedures; the selection of grant recipients; technical assistance for prospective grant applicants; project monitoring; technical assistance and guidance to grant recipients to promote project success; and direction of the teams and staff responsible for conducting program and management tasks.

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Last Modified: 10/06/2014