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Your Guide to the Departments of Education - Part 1
By Cynthia Kirkeby
May 26, 2004, 21:21 PST

US Departments of Education

Your Guide to the Departments of Education

US Departments of Education


US Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education is an amazingly rich resource area for the field of education.  It helps parents, teachers, and students to succeed in school, find lesson ideas, learning resources, and educational materials, locate professional development opportunities for teachers, strengthen assessment, parent involvement, school safety, special education, and civil rights, plan for college, find the right postsecondary institution, take advantage of financial resources and learn about postsecondary accreditation and participate in federal student aid programs.

Address:    400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-0498


State Boards of Education

AL    AK    AZ    AR    CA    CO

CT    DE    FL    GA    HI




Alabama State Department of Education

Choose the graphics or text only version of this site and then jump into the hot topics of the day in the field of education. Of special note is their report section on the schools in the state, which can be viewed by a number of criteria:  (Note: this site’s navigation is not compatible with all browsers.)

Address:    50 North Ripley Street, P.O. Box 302101

Montgomery, AL 36104

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Alaska Department of Education and Early Development 

Parent, students and teachers alike will find everything they need at this comprehensive site.  Of special note is the information on grading assessment and the online forms for school reports.

Address:    801 W. 10th Street, Suite 200,

Juneau, AK 99801

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Arizona Department of Education

This department has extensive resources available for anyone involved in education, including students, whether you need information on standards, school websites, or homework help, you’ll find these resources and more right at your fingertips.

Address:    1535 West Jefferson Street

Phoenix, Arizona 85007

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Arkansas Department of Education

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) has the task of providing each public school student in Grades kindergarten through 12 with a strong academic foundation. The agency oversees 1,159 schools in 310 school districts. One of our favorite resources is the Refrigerator Curriculum, which gives a student-friendly printout of what students should know by the end of each school year.

Address:    #4 Capitol Mall

Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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California Department of Education

The California Department of Education has extensive resources available on topics from teaching and technology, to finances, to children’s health, to special education. There does not appear to be any special materials for students and parents, but with a little investigation you will find ample information on many current education topics.  Of particular note for the statistically minded: The Fact Book, Handbook of Education Information

Address:    721 Capitol Mall, P.O. Box 944272

Sacramento, CA 95814

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Colorado Department of Education

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is the administrative arm of the Colorado State Board of Education. With an organizational commitment to high standards, tough assessments, and rigorous accountability measures, CDE serves the preK-12 public education, adult literacy and library communities of Colorado. Don’t miss the tabs at the top of the page, which allows parents, and teachers to see links that are especially important to each of them.  One of our favorite resources on this site, beyond the normal curriculum information, is the Survival Guide for New Teachers.

Address:    201 East Colfax Avenue

Denver, Colorado 80203-1799

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Connecticut State Department of Education

Connecticut has put together a basic education site designed primarily for the needs of teachers. You can find information here on certification, curriculum requirements, and special programs.

         Mailing Address: 

PO Box 2219, Hartford, CT  06145.

Street Address:         

165 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106

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Delaware Department of Education

This web site will help you access resources and information pertaining to The Department of Education the State Board of Education, and the Delaware public school system as a whole. For your information they have posted the most current educational reports and statistics, information about the new Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP), the DOE Professional Development and Activities Calendar, and Delaware School Profiles. The Activities Calendar, in particular, is a handy way for teachers, and parents alike, to keep on top of events taking place within the Delaware education community.

Address:    401 Federal Street, P.O. Box 1402

Dover, Delaware 19903-1402

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Florida Department of Education

Florida has posted resources for administrators, educators, parents and students on their site. The Commissioner of Education posts a weekly calendar specifying his location each week, giving him high marks for accessibility. For teachers, there is an exceptional set of Curriculum Planning Tools, available to download for both the Macintosh and the PC.  These tools cover all subject areas and are a wonderful resource for teachers everywhere.

Address:    Turlington Building, 325 West Gaines Street

         Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

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Georgia Department of Education

Parents and teachers will find information all aspects of Georgia's educational system at this website. At the top right of the page there is a quick links to special reports on schools and technology.  This is also one of the few state education sites that is translated into a number of different language editions, giving it a high accessibility rating for non-English speaking residents.

Address:    205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, S.E.

Atlanta Georgia 30334

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Hawai’i Department of Education

Aloha! From this site, you can access many of the educational resources available in Hawai’i, links to the various schools and offices, the Board of Education, current state legislation (while in session), and get more information about the Standards Based Reform.

         Address:    P.O. Box 2360

Honolulu, Hawai'i 96804

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