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A state education agency or state department of education is the state-level government organization within each U.S. state or territory responsible for education, including providing information, resources, and technical assistance on educational matters to schools and residents.

U.S. state constituent political entity sharing sovereignty as the United States of America

In the United States, a state is a constituent political entity, of which there are currently 50. Bound together in a political union, each state holds governmental jurisdiction over a separate and defined geographic territory and shares its sovereignty with the federal government. Due to this shared sovereignty, Americans are citizens both of the federal republic and of the state in which they reside. State citizenship and residency are flexible, and no government approval is required to move between states, except for persons restricted by certain types of court orders. Four states use the term commonwealth rather than state in their full official names.


Different U.S. states use different job titles for the person in charge of education in the state government. These titles include Secretary of Education, State Superintendent of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Commissioner of Education, and Director of Education. [1] Thirteen states have an education executive directly elected by voters, but in most states they are appointed, by the governor, state legislature, or a state board.

State education agencies (SEAs)

The following are state education agencies as identified by the Council of Chief State School Officers.

StateState agencyChief state school officerElectedService beganName
Alabama Alabama Department of Education Alabama Superintendent of Education No2016 Michael Sentance
Alaska Alaska Department of Education & Early Development Alaska Commissioner of Education & Early DevelopmentNo2016Michael Johnson
Arizona Arizona Department of Education Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes2019 Kathy Hoffman
Arkansas Arkansas Department of Education Arkansas Commissioner of Education No2015 Johnny Key
California California Department of Education California Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes2019 Tony Thurmond
Colorado Colorado Department of Education Colorado Commissioner of Education No2016 Katy Anthes
Connecticut Connecticut Department of Education Connecticut Commissioner of Education No2015 Dianna Wentzell
Delaware Delaware Department of Education Delaware Secretary of Education No2017 Susan Bunting
Florida Florida Department of Education Florida Commissioner of Education No2013 Pam Stewart
Georgia Georgia Department of Education State Superintendent of Schools Yes2015 Richard Woods
Hawaii Hawaii Department of Education Hawaii Superintendent of Education No2010 Kathryn Matayoshi
Idaho Idaho State Department of Education Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes2015 Sherri Ybarra
Illinois Illinois State Board of Education Illinois Superintendent of Education No2015 Tony Smith
Indiana Indiana Department of Education Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes2017 Jennifer McCormick
Iowa Iowa Department of Education Iowa Director of Education No2013 Ryan Wise
Kansas Kansas State Department of Education Kansas Interim Commissioner of Education No2015 Randy Watson
Kentucky Kentucky Department of Education Kentucky Commissioner of Education No2015 Stephen Pruitt
Louisiana Louisiana Department of Education Louisiana Superintendent of Education No2012 John White
Maine Maine Department of Education Maine Commissioner of Education No2016 Robert Hasson
Maryland Maryland State Department of Education Maryland State Superintendent of Schools No2016 Karen B. Salmon
Massachusetts Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Massachusetts Secretary of Education No2015 Jim Peyser
Michigan Michigan Department of Education Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction No2015 Brian J. Whiston
Minnesota Minnesota Department of Education Minnesota Commissioner of Education No2010 Brenda Cassellius
Mississippi Mississippi Department of Education Mississippi Superintendent of Education No2013 Carey M. Wright
Missouri Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Missouri Commissioner of Education No2015 Roger Dorson (Interim)
Montana Montana Office of Public Instruction Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes2017 Elsie Arntzen
Nebraska Nebraska Department of Education Nebraska Commissioner of Education No2014 Matthew Blomstedt
Nevada Nevada Department of Education Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction No2015 Steve Canavero
New Hampshire New Hampshire Department of Education New Hampshire Commissioner of Education No2017 Frank Edelblut
New Jersey New Jersey Department of Education New Jersey Commissioner of Education No2018 Lamont Repollet
New Mexico New Mexico Public Education Department New Mexico Secretary of Education No2010 Hanna Skandera
New York New York State Education Department New York State Education Commissioner No2015 MaryEllen Elia
North Carolina North Carolina Department of Public Instruction North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes2017 Mark Johnson
North Dakota North Dakota Department of Public Instruction North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes2013 Kirsten Baesler
Ohio Ohio State Board of Education Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction No2016 Paolo DeMaria
Oklahoma Oklahoma State Department of Education Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes2015 Joy Hofmeister
Oregon Oregon Department of Education Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction No2015 Salam Noor
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Education Pennsylvania Secretary of Education No2015 Pedro Rivera
Rhode Island Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Rhode Island Commissioner of Education No2015 Ken Wagner
South Carolina South Carolina Department of Education South Carolina Superintendent of Education Yes2015 Molly Spearman
South Dakota South Dakota Department of Education South Dakota Secretary of Education No2011 Melody Schopp
Tennessee Tennessee Department of Education Tennessee Commissioner of Education No2015 Candice McQueen
Texas Texas Education Agency Texas Commissioner of Education No2015 Mike Morath
Utah Utah State Office of Education Utah Superintendent of Public Instruction No2016 Sydnee Dickson
Vermont Vermont Agency of Education Vermont Secretary of Education No2014 Rebecca Holcombe
Virginia Virginia Department of Education Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction No2014 Steven R. Staples
Washington Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes2017 Chris Reykdal
West Virginia West Virginia Department of Education West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools No2017 Steven L. Paine
Wisconsin Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes2019 Carolyn Stanford Taylor
Wyoming Wyoming Department of Education Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Yes2015 Jillian Balow
American Samoa American Samoa Department of Education American Samoa Director of Education No2017 Ruth Matagi-Tofiga
District of Columbia District of Columbia State Board of Education District of Columbia Superintendent of Education No2015 Hanseul Kang
Guam Guam Department of Education Guam Superintendent of Education No2016 Jon Fernandez
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Department of Education Puerto Rico Secretary of Education No2017 Julia Keleher
U.S. Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education U.S. Virgin Islands Commissioner of Education No2016 Sharon McCollum

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  1. "Chief State School Officer Addresses", Council of Chief State School Officers. Retrieved 11/1/08.