About the Maryland State Department of Education

Under the leadership of the State Superintendent of Schools and guidance from the Maryland State Board of Education, the Department develops and implements standards and policy for education programs from pre-kindergarten through high school.

Our Mission

  • BE EFFECTIVE. Provide every student with highly effective teachers and educational leaders.

  • BE INCLUSIVE. Engage with parents, families and community members to improve student outcomes.

  • BE INNOVATIVE. Integrate evolving technologies, instructional strategies, and emerging skills that enable all students to reach their fullest potential in a globally competitive environment.

  • BE ACCOUNTABLE. Enhance learning for every student through use of objective, data-driven measures of success determined by state and national standards.

  • BE SAFE. Promote a safe, healthy environment for students.

​Nondiscrimination Statement

The Maryland State Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry/national origin, color, disability, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For inquiries related to Department policy, please contact:

Equity Assurance and Compliance Office Office of the Deputy State Superintendent for Finance and Administration Maryland State Department of Education 200 W. Baltimore Street - 6th Floor Baltimore, Maryland 21201-2595 410-767-0426 - voice, 410-767-0431 - fax, 410-333-6442 - TTY/TDD

Customer Service Promise

Our Customer Service Promise

The State of Maryland pledges to provide constituents, businesses, customers, and stakeholders with services in the following manner:

- Friendly and Courteous: We will be helpful and supportive and have a positive attitude and passion for what we do.
- Timely and Responsive: We will be proactive, take initiative, and anticipate your needs.
- Accurate and Consistent: We will always aim for 100% accuracy, and be consistent in how we interpret and implement State policies and procedures.
- Accessible and Convenient: We will continue to simplify and improve access to information and resources.
- Truthful and Transparent: We will advance a culture of honesty, clarity, and trust.

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If you have a problem with MSDE services, please contact us.
Phone: 410-767-0100

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