Office of Accountability
The Office of Accountability (OA) oversees the compliance for schools and Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in New York State. The Office works to close the achievement gap by identifying and supporting schools and LEAs that are low-performing, as well as those interested in replicating the best practices of the State’s high performing and high progressing schools and districts. The Office implements New York’s Accountability System under the approved Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver, by supporting schools and LEAs that are Priority and/or Focus through the assignment of Integrated Intervention Teams (IIT), who review organizational structures and educational practices and make recommendations for district and school improvements.
In addition, the Office oversees initiatives that provide support and technical assistance in the development, implementation and evaluation of programs for limited English proficient / English language learners (LEP/ELLs), as well as to foreign language (FL) students within the State’s P-12 initiative.
The Office has four units, which oversee several programs/initiatives, while working to ensure equity and access to high quality educational programs for all students by managing State and Federal allocations to LEAs, including budget approvals and monitoring of grant programs that serve low-income, migrant, homeless, LEP/ELLs, and neglected and delinquent youth.
The units within the Office of Accountability are as follows:
- Accountability, Policy and Administration
- District and School Review
- Upstate and Downstate Review
- Metrics Unit
- Title I School and Community Services