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As the State Education Agency for DC, the OSSE sets statewide policies, provides resources and support, and exercises accountability for ALL public education in DC.
Adult and Family Education (AFE) is a federally established agency that: (1) re-grants federal and local funds to eligible providers of adult education services; (2) facilitates state leadership activities including professional development, technical assistance and monitoring; and, (3) maintains and reports state and local program performance, progress and outcome data. Learn more
Assessment: OSSE is responsible for administering multiple education assessments annually. Find information on the DC CAS, the DC CAS-Alt, and ACCESS for ELLs. Accountability: Under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the District of Columbia is required to collect and report data on school and LEA education statistics. Find more accountability policies and resources. Learn more
The Division of Special Education provides the public with access to information about special education related services, approved placements and direct on line connections to helpful documents. Learn more
As the District continues its efforts to ensure that all students within its pre-K-12 system receive a quality education, it is critical that students who have dropped out also have solid on-ramps to reconnect back to education options that will prepare them for successful adulthood. In response to this need, the District is establishing a ReEngagement Center to serve as a “single-door” through which youth (ages 16-24) who have dropped out can reconnect back to educational options and other critical services to support their attainment of a high school diploma or GED. Learn more
The Division of Early Learning provides leadership and coordination to ensure that all District of Columbia children, from birth to kindergarten entrance, have access to high quality early childhood development programs and are well prepared for school. Learn more
Our mission: To maintain the highest standards of service, accountability and quality to licensure applicants, local educational agencies, university partners, and local, state and federal stakeholders in the educational community. Learn more
The Education Licensure Commission (ELC, the “Commission”) is a five member Mayoral appointed regulatory, consumer protection authority. They are responsible for public protection with regard to legitimate quality education in the District of Columbia. Learn more
Learn about the Elementary and Secondary Education program.
The Grants Management and Compliance Office works cooperatively with the local and federal government, grantmaking organizations and subgrantees to ensure that grants are managed properly and that government funds are spent in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Learn more
Postsecondary Education administers the District of Columbia’s state-level higher education grant programs: the DC Tuition Assistance Grant Program (DCTAG) and DC Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (DCLEAP). Learn more
The Office of Public Charter School Financing and Support (OPCSFS) was created in the FY 2003 Appropriations Act. The OPCSFS manages several federally funded programs for public charter school facility financing. Learn more
On August 24, 2010, the District of Columbia was one of 12 states awarded a Race to the Top grant by the U.S. Department of Education. This program required the District of Columbia to develop a comprehensive reform initiative built around four assurance areas. Learn more
The Special Education Division of Transportation (DOT) is a transportation entity that consistently provides safe and appropriate transportation services to eligible special education students. Learn more
The Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLED) is a single, comprehensive repository of student and education-related data needed to improve education planning, management, reporting, instruction and evaluation. Learn more
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq., requires that each state and the District of Columbia establish and maintain procedures to ensure that parents of children with disabilities and public educational agencies have an opportunity to seek an impartial due process hearing to resolve disagreements over the identification, evaluation, educational placement of a child with disabilities, or the provision of a free appropriate public education to the child. Learn more
The mission of the Wellness and Nutrition Services Division is to work with schools and community based organizations to promote positive healthy behaviors and to improve the quality of life for children and youth in the District of Columbia. Learn more