State Education Departments and Boards
State departments and boards of education are generally responsible for supporting public early childhood, K-12 secondary, higher education, technical and community educational institutions. Usually they:
- Manage state and federal grant funds
- Maintain educational standards through uniform testing and professional certification
- Develop curricula
- Coordinate statewide planning
- Promote excellence in education
Education websites may contain directories of educational institutions, public school rankings and profiles, other educational statistics and reports and proceedings of the state's board of education. Visitors will often find information on educational policy, financial aid, college savings and planning programs, educational initiatives such as reading and child nutrition programs, grants available to professionals, educational and assistive technology, and school construction.
In some states, responsibility for public library coordination and development is one of the education department's responsibilities. In a few states, the state operates an educational or public television network.