- State education agency
A state education agency (SEA), or state department of education, is a formal governmental label for the state-level government agencies within each U.S. state responsible for providing information, resources, and technical assistance on educational matters to schools and residents.
The chief state school officer, either a Secretary of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Commissioner of Education or Director of Education, is a constitutional or a statutory officer in several states of the United States. The position is the chief executive official for the state's state education agency (or equivalent), chief administrative officer for the state's Board of Education (or equivalent), or both. In some states, such as Washington, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction serves as the SEA.
State education agencies (SEAs)
The following are state education agencies as identified by the Council of Chief State School Officers.
State SEA Chief state school officer Elected Name Alabama Alabama Department of Education Alabama Superintendent of Education No Dr. Joseph B. Morton Alaska Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Commissioner of Education No Larry LeDoux Arizona Arizona Department of Education Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes John Huppenthal Arkansas Arkansas Department of Education Arkansas Commissioner of Education No Dr. Thomas Kimbrell California California Department of Education California Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes Tom Torlakson Colorado Colorado Department of Education Colorado Commissioner of Education No Dwight D. Jones Connecticut Connecticut Department of Education Connecticut Commissioner of Education No Dr. Mark K. McQuillan Delaware Delaware Department of Education Delaware Secretary of Education No Dr. Lillian Lowery District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education State Superintendent of Education No Hosanna Mahaley Florida Florida Department of Education Florida Commissioner of Education No Dr. Eric J. Smith Georgia Georgia Department of Education State Superintendent of Schools Yes Dr. John D. Barge Hawai'i Hawai'i Department of Education Hawai'i Superintendent of Education No Kathryn Matayoshi Idaho Idaho Department of Education Superintendent of Education Yes Tom Luna Illinois Illinois State Board of Education Illinois Superintendent of Education No Dr. Christopher Koch Indiana Indiana Department of Education Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes Dr. Tony Bennett Iowa Iowa Department of Education Iowa Director of Education No Judy Jeffrey Kansas Kansas Department of Education Kansas Interim Commissioner of Education No Dr. Diane DeBacker Kentucky Kentucky Department of Education Kentucky Commissioner of Education No Dr. Terry Holliday Louisiana Louisiana Department of Education Louisiana Superintendent of Education No Paul G. Pastorek Maine Maine Department of Education Maine Commissioner of Education No Susan A. Gendron Maryland Maryland Department of Education Maryland Superintendent of Education No Nancy S. Grasmick Massachusetts Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Massachusetts Commissioner of Education No Mitchell D. Chester Michigan Michigan Department of Education Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction No Michael P. Flanagan Minnesota Minnesota Department of Education Minnesota Commissioner of Education No Alice Seagren Mississippi Mississippi Department of Education Mississippi Superintendent of Education No Dr. Tom Burnham Missouri Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Missouri Commissioner of Education No Dr. Chris L. Nicastro Montana Montana Office of Public Instruction Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes Denise Juneau Nebraska Nebraska Department of Education Nebraska Commissioner of Education No Dr. Roger Breed Nevada Nevada Department of Education Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction No Dr. Keith Rheault New Hampshire New Hampshire Department of Education New Hampshire Commissioner of Education No Virginia Barry New Jersey New Jersey Department of Education New Jersey Commissioner of Education No Bret Schundler New Mexico New Mexico Department of Education New Mexico Secretary of Education No Dr. Veronica García New York New York State Department of Education New York Commissioner of Education No David Steiner North Carolina North Carolina Department of Public Instruction North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes June St. Clair Atkinson North Dakota North Dakota Department of Public Instruction North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes Dr. Wayne G. Sanstead Ohio Ohio State Board of Education Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction No Deborah S. Delisle Oklahoma Oklahoma State Department of Education Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes Janet Barresi Oregon Oregon Department of Education Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes Susan Castillo Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Education Pennsylvania Secretary of Education No Dr. Gerald L. Zahorchak Rhode Island Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Rhode Island Commissioner of Education No Deborah A. Gist South Carolina South Carolina Department of Education South Carolina Superintendent of Education Yes Jim Rex South Dakota South Dakota Department of Education South Dakota Director of Education No Thomas J. Oster Tennessee Tennessee Department of Education Tennessee Commissioner of Education No Dr. Timothy K. Webb Texas Texas Education Agency Texas Commissioner of Education No Robert Scott Utah Utah State Office of Education Utah Superintendent of Public Instruction No Larry Shumway Vermont Vermont Department of Education Vermont Commissioner of Education No Armando Vilaseca Virginia Virginia Department of Education Virginia Secretary of Education No Gerard Robinson Washington Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes Randy Dorn West Virginia West Virginia Department of Education West Virginia Superintendent of Education No Dr. Steven L. Paine Wisconsin Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes Dr. Tony Evers Wyoming Wyoming Department of Education Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes Dr. James M. McBride American Samoa American Samoa Department of Education American Samoa Director of Education N/A Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele Guam Guam Public School System Guam Superintendent of Education N/A Dr. Nerissa Bretania-Underwood Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Department of Education Puerto Rico Secretary of Education N/A Carlos A. Chardon U.S. Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education U.S. Virgin Islands Commissioner of Education No Dr. Laverne Terry
- Standardized test
- School district
- No Child Left Behind, United States law
- National Association of State Boards of Education, United States
- ^ "Chief State School Officer Addresses", Council of Chief State School Officers. Retrieved 11/1/08.
- ^ Office of the State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia official website. Retrieved 7/2/08.
- [http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/77/78/7778.pdf-State Education Governance Models
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- State Education Agencies - Contact information for every SEA in the country.
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