Maryland State Board of Education Overview


Ensure all students have access to a world-class educational system that prepares them to graduate ready for post-secondary learning, rewarding work, and success in society and life.


We will ensure a rigorous and world-class educational experience for every Maryland student, in every neighborhood, that prepares each to be college and career ready, through:

  • strategic direction and leadership;

  • policy making and resource allocation; and

  • engagement and advocacy.


Accountability: We will take responsibility for our commitments, and maintain open, transparent, and responsive communication on academic, operational, and financial policies and outcomes.

Engagement: We will partner and engage with diverse stakeholders and decision-makers in the design, implementation, and evaluation of our policies, programs, and actions.

Equity: We will do whatever it takes to eliminate barriers to success and provide the necessary resources and supports to ensure that every Maryland student achieves at the highest level.

Excellence: We will ensure a rigorous and engaging educational environment for all students defined by high expectations, research-based instructional practices, and highly effective, culturally responsive educators.

Transformation: We will pursue best-in-class outcomes through bold, impactful actions to ensure that every student has the tools, resources, support, and opportunities they need to thrive.

Maryland State Board of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Office: (410) 767-0467
Fax: (410) 333-2226
TTY/TDD: (410) 333-6442

Zachary Hands
Executive Director
Office: (410) 767-0466

Charlene Necessary

Administrator and Regulations Coordinator
Office: (410) 767-0467