About the Maryland State Board of Education

The Maryland State Board of Education (State Board) was organized in 1864 and, as the head of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), has general control and supervision over public schools and the educational interests of the State. The State Board is a 12-member body appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the State Senate. Eleven members serve staggered four-year terms and a student member serves a one-year term. All members are eligible to be reappointed to a second full term.

Under its authority, the State Board sets the educational policy and standards for pre-kindergarten through high school and for Maryland's public libraries, juvenile services education and vocational rehabilitation services, passes regulations that have the force of law and is empowered to interpret the true meaning and intent of the law. The State Board also reviews and approves three annual budgets (the Department of Education headquarters budget, the state aid to local education budget, and state-aided institutions budget) before they are passed on to the governor's office for approval or revision and then to the General Assembly for final action. Through an appeal process, the State Board also reviews and makes decisions on controversies and disputes that arise from each of Maryland’s 24 school systems.

The State Board also appoints the State Superintendent of Schools, who serves a four-year term. The State Superintendent is responsible for the administration of the MSDE and carries out the educational policies of the State Board. The State Superintendent also serves as the Executive Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of the State Board.  


Maryland Public Education: A world class system preparing all students for college and career success.


  • Provide every student with highly effective teachers, educational leaders, and all other school personnel necessary to achieve success consistent with measurable goals.

  • Promote standards of quality and conduct for all adults in school-based contact with students consistent with the state’s mission and goals for all students.

  • Promote a safe, healthy and orderly environment in which all students have positive experiences every day.
  • Provide for meaningful engagement with parents, families and community members to support academic achievement and individual success.
  • Be innovative leaders in integrating evolving technologies, instructional strategies, and emerging skills that enable all students to reach their fullest potential in a globally competitive environment.
  • Be accountable by operating under objective measures of success determined by state and national standards with data driven actions to enhance learning for every student.
  • Promote an environment in which all students, teachers and school based personnel achieve personal growth and fulfillment.
  • Promote student physical and mental health and fitness to help students achieve academically and develop the habits of healthy living.

Contact Information:
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:     410-767-0467
TTY/TDD: 410-333-6442
Fax: 410-333-2226
Email: stateboard.msde@maryland.gov