A state education agency or state department of education is the state-level government organization within each
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responsible for education, including providing information, resources, and technical assistance on educational matters to schools and residents. 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."Chief State School Officer Addresses"
Council of Chief State School Officers. Retrieved 11/1/08. 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.

See also

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, United States federal law *
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External links

Education Governance Models
Updated and Revised by Mary Fulton
State Education Agencies
- Contact information for every SEA in the US. {{Set index article State superintendents of public instruction of the United States