Office of School Turnaround

The Office of School Turnaround (OST) is responsible for providing financial assistance and other support, including through the administration of the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program, for state and district efforts to turn around the lowest-performing five percent of schools in each state.

The OST uses knowledge of turnaround efforts, including those of SIG and Priority Schools, to inform its monitoring, technical assistance, and policy decisions. It focuses on building the capacity of states and districts to improve student outcomes, and sustain the reforms, in their lowest-performing schools.

The OST is also responsible for helping to coordinate the Department’s programs and initiatives focused on the lowest-performing schools and for working collaboratively with other Department offices to develop strategies, guidance, and networks to assist those schools.

U.S. Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Office of School Turnaround 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-6132 Phone: 202-260-0824 Fax: 202-260-7764 e-mail: