About Us


    The mission of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) is to empower States, districts, and other organizations to meet the diverse needs of every student by providing leadership, technical assistance, and financial support.


Excellence and equity for all students.

Core Values

OESE recognizes that effective organizations are shaped by key enduring values that, when widely shared, believed in and followed, shape our attitudes, decisions and actions.  OESE’s core values are:

  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Excellence


The Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education serves as a principal adviser to the Secretary of Education on everything related to elementary and secondary education.  OESE is responsible for directing, coordinating, and recommending policy for programs designed to:

  • Help State and local educational agencies improve the achievement of preschool, elementary, and secondary school students;
  • Support equal access to services to help every child achieve. Congress has directed us to pay particular attention to children who are from low-income families, have disabilities or developmental delays, are educationally disadvantaged, or are English Learners, Native American, migrant, homeless, or in foster care;
  • Advance educational improvement at the State and local levels; and
  • Provide financial assistance to local educational agencies whose local revenues are affected by Federal activities.