Welcome to the OSSE Blog. Now, How many of you can tell me what OSSE stands for?
No, not the definition, but the actual role this agency serves from state to student and for District children and families citywide. . .give up?
OSSE Stands for Service: We provide direct support and resources for educational initiatives throughout the city, many of which allowed Washington D.C. to rank first in the country in several nationwide educational categories in 2011.
OSSE Stands for Sharing: We work collaboratively with Schools, Parents, Teachers, Community Members, Elected officials and District stakeholders committed to education.
OSSE Stands for School Nutrition: For the seventh consecutive year, Washington, D.C. ranked first in the nation in childhood summer nutrition, feeding low-income D.C. children up to two meals a day during the extended summer break, when they do not have access to breakfast or lunch normally provided during the school year. The District of Columbia also led the nation in providing school breakfast to children from low-income areas during the 2010-2011 school year.
OSSE Stands for Scholarships: Through its flagship DG TAG Program, the OSSE Division of Higher Education Financial Services awarded over $32.5 million in 2011 to over 6,700 District public and private high school graduates for enrollment in over 300 public institutions across 49 states and the District of Columbia.
OSSE Stands for Science Standards: Washington, D.C. was first in the nation to implement common core standards as a Race to the Top Grant Recipient and, using a statewide growth model utilized by all District public schools, allowed the District of Columbia to be ranked first in the country for K-12 Science Standards.
OSSE Stands for State Athletics: OSSE has instituted, for the first time ever, a State-Wide Athletic League, allowing unified integration, logistics, rules and regulations for District Public and Charter Schools to compete against each other.
The OSSE blog was launched to create a real-time forum for feedback, public engagement and two-way conversation with the District residents we serve. We want to hear from you and look forward to the opportunity of doing so — starting today!