I’ve compiled the list of state school superintendents, commissioners, officers, leaders, CEOs, whatever you want to call them, who are running schools in each state. They’re powerful and responsible for initiating school reform. This includes Common Core State Standards, high-stakes testing, teacher evaluations, and the digital transformation of public schools.
Currently, they’re determining how the Every Student Succeeds Act will be used to address education in each state.
Who are these people? Click on their names for a link to their bios. I hope this will be a helpful reference.
If you would like to add something more about your state superintendent, positive, or negative, please share (keep it civil).
Inform me if you get a new leader. I will try to update the list.
Compensation figures come from Ballotopia. Let me know if these are inaccurate.
Asterisk (*) shows those who have no education degrees, and no experience teaching children. Usually these individuals are from business.
(TFA) is Teach for America.
TFA novices got 5 weeks of training before spending 2-3 years in the classroom. Some went on for education degrees in administration.
(???) Some state superintendents have gotten bachelor degrees in non-education areas. Then they get graduate degrees in education, but there’s no indication they ever taught children.
Last, even if a state leader has classroom teaching experience, and all the right degrees, it isn’t a guarantee that they haven’t sold their souls to education reform.
(Note: His Ph.D. is in school and clinical psychology.)