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History of the Board

Established by the Indiana General Assembly, the State Board of Education oversees K-12 education policymaking in the State of Indiana. The bipartisan board is composed of eleven members, including the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Eight members are appointed by the Governor and must include:

  • At least six appointees with professional experience in the field of education;
  • Not more than one appointee from a particular congressional district; and
  • Not more than five appointees belonging to the same political party.

The remaining two board members are appointed by the Speaker of the Indiana House Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Indiana Senate respectively. .

Indiana Code 20-19-2 enumerates the responsibilities of the Board, which include: 

  • Authorizing the distribution of state education funds to local schools;
  • Adopting rules to implement various programs and requirements;
  • Determining a school's P.L. 221 performance and improvement category designation;
  • Accrediting public and nonpublic schools; and,
  • Implementing interventions to improve school performance.

More information about the State Board of Education's formation, duties, and powers over the years can be found here.