State Board Advocacy Center


MABE places a high priority on maintaining a positive and productive relationship with the Maryland State Board of Education. The State Board plays a major role in developing the state’s educational policies, adopting state regulations, and issuing legal opinions. Therefore, MABE staff and members of the MABE Board of Directors regularly attend the monthly meetings of the State Board, and MABE is engaged throughout the year in informing the State Board of the association’s positions on priority issues through testimony, correspondence, and meetings.

For additional information, contact John Woolums, MABE’s Director of Governmental Relations.

Quick Links

The Monitor is the newsletter penned by MABE staff to provide all boards with a comprehensive summary of each State Board meeting.

State Board of Education

2018 Meeting Calendar

2017 Meeting Calendar

Guidelines for Public Comment

State Board Members

State Board Legal Opinions

Maryland Register (published, proposed, and final state regulations)

COMAR (searchable database of all adopted state regulations) – MSDE/State Board regulations are contained in Title 13A

State Board Priority Issues

MABE staff tracks issues that are a priority for our members and/or the Maryland State Board of Education. Please see the list below for the current State Board priority issues.

The Every Student Succeeds Act

Student Discipline



The Monitor

The Monitor and selected meeting materials are uploaded to the MABE website following each Maryland State Board of Education meeting to provide local boards with timely access to the issues pending before the State Board.


January 2019 Issue - Kindergarten Readiness Results, Educator Preparation Programs: Standards and Competencies, PGCO Performance Audit Review

February 2019 Issue - ESSA Accountability Update and Data Analysis, Educator Certification, and Curriculum Vetting Regulation


December 2018 Issue - Principals of the Year recognition, PGCO Performance Audit Review, ESSA Report Cards, and Teacher Certification

October 2018 Issue - Superintendent Qualifications, ESSA Implementation, and High School Graduation Task Force Recommendations

September 2018 Issue - PARCC Supplemental Results, ESSA Implementation, and School Discipline

August 2018 Issue - State Board Hears 2018 Maryland PARCC Results, Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program Update and Hears Presentation of Four-Year-Old Curriculum Project

July 2018 Issue - State Board nominates Hartings as President and Izsard as Vice President, ESSA Implementation, and Online Learning Policies

June 2018 Issue - State Board Discusses ESSA Implementation, Assessment Data Comparisons, and Plan for Principal and Teacher Evaluations

May 2018 Issue - State Board Discusses National Assessment of Educational Progress, ESSA Implementation, Online Learning Policies, and Teacher of the Year

April 2018 Issue - State Board Discusses Teacher Certification Assessments, Charter School Grant Updates, ESSA and School Calendar Waivers

March 2018 Issue – State Board Discusses Definition for “At-Risk” School, Establishment of Office of Compliance and Oversight, School Calendar Waiver/Modification Requests

February 2018 Issue – State Board Discusses MCAP, Early Childhood Education and ESSA Waivers

January 2018 Issue – State Board Discusses Baltimore City School Facilities, KRA Data, and Prince George’s Graduation Rates Audit


December 2017 Issue – State Board Reviews Bridge Plan Program

October 2017 Issue – State Board Receives Report on Teacher Induction, Retention, and Advancement

September 2017 Issue – State Board Discusses Master Plans, Graduation Requirements, and PARCC Assessment Results

August 2017 Issue – State Board Makes Decisions on ESSA

July 2017 Issue – MABE President & PSSAM Leadership Weigh in on ESSA Accountability Framework

June 2017 Issue – State Board Makes Decisions Regarding ESSA Accountability Framework

May 2017 Issue – State Board Continues ESSA Accountability Framework Discussion

April 2017 Issue – State Board Discusses ESSA Accountability Framework

March 2017 Issue – State Board Continues ESSA Discussion

February 2017 Issue – State Board Discusses ESSA Plan Update

January 2017 Issue – State Board Receives Charter School Funding Report


December 2016 Issue – State Board Discusses Calendar Waiver Process

October 2016 Issue – State Board Member Resigns, Citing Situation with Calendar Mandate

September 2016 Issue – State Board Addresses Labor Day Executive Order

August 2016 Issue – State Board Engages in In-Depth Discussion of ESSA Accountability Plan

July 2016 Issue

June 2016 Issue

April 2016 Issue

March 2016 Issue

February 2016 Issue

January 2016 – Meeting cancelled


December 2015 Issue

October 2015 Issue

September 2015 Issue

June 2015 Issue

May 2015 Issue

April 2015 – Meeting cancelled

March 2015 Issue

February 2015 Issue

January 2015 Issue