The Office of Strategic Planning exists under the leadership of Keith Norton and a team of experienced CSDE staff. This office supports numerous projects within the CSDE, including Open Choice and Interdistrict Magnet School (Sheff and Non-Sheff regions) programs as it relates to legislative requirements, operations, operating budgets and grants. Office staff conducts in-depth data analysis and research for a variety of important CSDE projects. In addition, the Office of Strategic Planning is about to embark on projects aimed at maximizing post-secondary readiness and opportunities for Connecticut high school graduates. As the policy and long term planning branch of the agency, this office collaborates cross-divisionally and with outside parties to develop clear and consistent policies, procedures, and resources for agency, school and district leadership. The office also responds to inquiries from various parties including, state agencies, legislators, and superintendents, and answers media inquiries through the CSDE Communications Office.