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Your Guide to the Departments of Education - Part 2
By Cynthia Kirkeby
May 26, 2004, 21:14 PST

meta name=Title content="US Departments of Education"> US Departments of Education

Your Guide to the Departments of Education


State Boards of Education

ID    IL     IN    IA    KS    KY

LA    ME   MD   MA   MI    MN   MS



Idaho State Department of Education

Idaho's State Department of Education was organized in 1891, the first year of Idaho's statehood. Today the State Department of Education is organized into an administrative section and six bureaus: Finance and Transportation, Special Education, Technology Services, Federal Programs, Curriculum and Accountability, and Certification and Professional Standards.  Our favorite resource on this state’s site is Dinner & a Book, which bring families together with a unique approach to books and reading. It’s definitely worth checking out.

Address:   Gordon Persons Building, P.O. Box 302101Montgomery, AL 36130-2101

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State of Illinois - Learning in Illinois

This Illinois website provides you with all types of learning resources. Whether you are interested in getting your GED, searching for classroom resources or researching Illinois colleges.

Address :  State Board of Education

100 W. Randolph, Suite 14-300

Chicago, IL  60601

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Indiana Department of Education

Indiana’s site is a little difficult to navigate, but it contains some wonderful resources for the education community.  The DOE Online Library allows you to search by keyword for state resources available on a specific subject.  A good example of this is the Phonics Toolkit (PDF), which is a comprehensive program including worksheets and rubrics.

Address:   Room 229, State House

Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204-2798

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Iowa Department of Education

The Iowa Department of Education’s three primary divisions are responsible for PreK-12 education, community colleges, and workforce preparation, and the financial and information services supporting these responsibilities. An especially helpful resource page is Child, Family, and Community Services, which has links to special education resources, early Childhood guides, and other helpful resources.

Address:    Grimes State Office Building

                 Des Moines, IA 50319-0146

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Kansas State Department of Education

The Department promotes the mission of the Kansas State Board of Education through quality leadership, support, and service for continuous improvement of education in Kansas. In addition to curriculum standards and student support services, this department has created a “Just for Parents” booklet that is designed to assist parents in understanding the state curriculum requirements.

Address:   120 SE 10th Avenue

Topeka, KS 66612-1182

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Kentucky Department of Education

This site has an easy-to-access section for parents, as well as links to Kentucky school websites, the Kentuckiana Virtual Library, and Kentucky’s Virtual High School.

        Address:   500 Mero Street

Frankfort, KY 40601

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Louisiana Department of Education

Louisiana’s site, although somewhat jumbled at first glance, has resources for parents and family, technology, curriculum, and a new online career center for teachers.  A wonderful new resource available is Making Connections, which provides no-cost, standards-based Internet content for the K-12 teacher and classroom, developed by the nation's content experts.

Address:   P.O. Box 94064

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804-9064

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Maine Department of Education

Maine’s Department of Education’s website has links to curriculum learning standards, school web pages, and a list of interesting links.  Although their front page looks rather sparse, their site map shows that there are more extensive resources available.

        Address:   23 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333

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Maryland State Department of Education

Maryland’s department website is divided into easy to use pull-down menus.  The most extensive lists of resources available to parents, students, or educators are accessed through the Resource Links menu. The Latest Sites is a quick link to see what’s new in Maryland’s education system.

        Address:   200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD  21201

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Massachusetts Department of Education

Look closely when you come to Massachusetts’ site for the links for administrators, teachers, students, and parent & community at the top of the blue section of the page.  Each section is broken down into What’s New, Documents, Resources, and Programs. Of special note here is the link to the MCAS, which is the state's assessment test.  There are special sections for students, parents, and teachers to familiarize each group with this important testing system.

        Address:   350 Main Street Malden

MA 02148-5023

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Michigan Department of Education

Michigan has an amazing wealth of resources available for everyone involved in the education system.  You may want to increase or change your text size on your browser, because they use a very small typeface for online viewing.  On the plus side, there are wonderful resources available including the Michigan Electronic Library, The Michigan Virtual High School, and the Michigan Virtual University, all of which take advantage of the reach of today’s technology in education.

Address:    608 West Allegan Street, Hannah Building

                 Lansing, MI 48933

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Minnesota Department of Children, Families, & Learning

The Minnesota Department of Children, Families & Learning works to help communities to measurably improve the well being of children through programs that focus on education, community services, prevention, and the preparation of young people for the world of work.  The Student’s Corner is a MDE web site created for students of all ages, from preschool to the adult learner.

        Address:   1500 Highway 36 West

Roseville, Minnesota 55113-4266

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Mississippi Department of Education

Most of the resources on this department’s website seem to be focused around teacher’s needs.  Their “Teacher” link is a jump-off point for Just for Teachers, MS Teaching Center, and the Teacher Exchange, all of which are resources not to be missed.

Address:   Central High School

P.O. Box 771, 359 North West Street

Jackson, MS 39205

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