Posted: Tue, 07/16/2013 - 2:49pm Updated: Fri, 04/04/2014 - 9:21am

The Office of School Improvement and Turnaround (OSIT) leads numerous federal and state initiatives to dramatically improve Indiana's persistently low-achieving schools. On a federal level, OSIT is charged with overseeing both the 1003(a) and 1003(g) school improvement grants as well as working with Priority and Focus schools.

Public Law 221

OSIT is also charged with implementing school interventions required under Indiana's Public Law 221-1999, including quality reviews of schools in the fourth consecutive year of academic probation and follow-up site visits of schools in the fifth consecutive year of academic probation. If a school reaches a sixth consecutive year of academic probation, OSIT (working with numerous other divisions of the IDOE, the school corporation and community stakeholders) is responsible for overseeing the implementation of an intervention, approved by the State Board of Education, to dramatically improve the school. These interventions could include closing the school and sending students to a nearby higher-performing school, assigning a Turnaround School Operator to run part or all of the school, other recommendations as determined by the IDOE (e.g., lead partners), ideas expressed at a community hearing, or modifying the school’s improvement plan. Ultimately, through numerous federal (e.g., 1003a and 1003g) and state (e.g., school quality reviews and follow-up visits) efforts, OSIT provides targeted technical assistance and monitoring in an effort to curb the number of persistently low-achieving schools in Indiana.