The mission of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is to remove barriers and create pathways so District residents receive an excellent education and are prepared to achieve success in college, careers, and life.
Summary of Services
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education serves as the District of Columbia’s State Education Agency (SEA). In this role, OSSE manages and distributes federal funding to education providers and exercises oversight responsibility over federal education programs and related grants administered in the District to ensure quality and compliance.
OSSE also serves as the standard-bearer in education for the District of Columbia. OSSE develops state-level education policies and standards aligned with school, college, and workforce readiness expectations. OSSE further ensures that the District collects and reports accurate and reliable data. OSSE provides technical support to increase effectiveness among education providers, thereby improving outcomes for all students.
OSSE also leads the Special Education Transportation and Non-Public Tuition agencies and administers the District of Columbia Public Charter Schools payments.