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Mastering the modern educational landscape for your child begins with an awareness of the greater picture.


Education at the National Level

The educational mission of our United States government is to "promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access." Beginning with the U.S. Department of Education, you will find the hallmark federal laws that all states and school districts support. Major laws include ESSA, IDEA, FERPA, and Civil Rights. The Department of Education also links you to the nation's report card and prominent educational research. 

Who to bookmark and follow: 

Education at the State Level

The federal government leaves a large body of decision making and responsibility in the hands of each state department of education. State departments of education are responsible for sharing information about assessment and accountability, learning standards, special education, non-public/private and charter schools, teacher certification, continuing education training, and more. By clicking here you will find detailed state contact information. By clicking on your state below, you will immediately find a wealth of educational information specific to your state's department of education and related services. 


Education at the Local Level

Each state department of education authorizes the local school district or local school system to:

  • develop a complex curriculum that meets required standards
  • determine district learning initiatives
  • maintain and evolve resources
  • regulate teacher staffing
  • sustain fiscal responsibility
  • align and control curriculum design

...and so much more. Take a moment to search for your local school district and move on to Pillar 2 of Elementary Blueprint.