State education agency

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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, State Superintendent of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Commissioner of Education or Director of Education,[1] 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, State Board of Education President, State School Board Administrator, State School Business Administrator, (or equivalent), or both. In some states, such as Washington, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction serves as the SEA. Wyoming has a popularly elected superintendent of education, but responsibility for the state department of education lies with a director appointed by the governor.

State education agencies (SEAs)[edit]

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. Tommy Bice
Alaska Alaska Department of Education & Early Development Alaska Commissioner of Education & Early Development 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 Stefan Pryor
Delaware Delaware Department of Education Delaware Secretary of Education No Mark Murphy[disambiguation needed]
District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education[2] 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 State Department of Education Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction 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 Glenda Ritz
Iowa Iowa Department of Education Iowa Director of Education No Judy Jeffrey
Kansas Kansas State 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 John White
Maine Maine Department of Education Maine Commissioner of Education No Susan A. Gendron
Maryland Maryland State Department of Education Maryland State Superintendent of Schools No Dr. Lillian Lowery
Massachusetts Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Massachusetts Secretary 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 Brenda Cassellius[3]
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. Matthew Blomstedt[4]
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 Chris Cerf
New Mexico New Mexico Public Education Department New Mexico Secretary of Education No Hanna Scandera-Sec. designate
New York New York State Education Department New York Commissioner of Education No John King, Jr.
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 Stan W. Heffner
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 Ronald J. Tomalis
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 Mick Zais
South Dakota South Dakota Department of Education South Dakota Secretary 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 Currently Unknown
Vermont Vermont Department of Education Vermont Secretary of Education No Armando Vilaseca
Virginia Virginia Department of Education Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction No Laura Fornash
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 State Superintendent of Schools 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 Cindy Hill
American Samoa American Samoa Department of Education American Samoa Director of Education N/A Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele
Guam Guam Department of Education 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. Chardón
U.S. Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education U.S. Virgin Islands Commissioner of Education No Dr. Laverne Terry

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Updated and Revised by Mary Fulton