The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) serves over 900,000 students across 1,400 public schools in 24 local education agencies and 7,000 child care providers within the state’s 23 counties plus Baltimore City. MSDE’s Division of Rehabilitation Services provides leadership and support in promoting the employment, economic self-sufficiency, and independence of individuals with disabilities. MSDE works collaboratively with the Maryland State Board of Education and stakeholders to ensure the promise of an excellent and equitable education for all students, especially those who have been historically underserved. MSDE is made up of a dedicated team of educators, specialists, and administrators joined together by a single vision: to be a system of world-class schools where students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for success in college, career, and life.
State Superintendent of Schools
Mohammed Choudhury became Maryland State Superintendent of Schools in July 2021. Before joining the Department, he was the Associate Superintendent of Strategy, Talent, and Innovation for the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD). Working to accelerate student achievement, Choudhury is recognized for the transformation of SAISD, where 90% of students are economically disadvantaged.
San Antonio's success has helped transform the way Texas examines, funds, and supports public schools, with Choudhury's work scaled through House Bill 3 to impactmore than 5.4 million students across the state.
Prior to SAISD, Choudhury led the Office of Transformation and Innovation for the Dallas Independent School District, boosting the district from one of the lowest performing to the fastest improving in the nation. He began his career in education as a middle school teacher in Los Angeles.
Choudhury is nationally recognized for dismantling inequities in education. In 2018, Education Week profiled himas a "Leader to Learn From," one of 12 exceptional leaders recognized for profoundly impacting student and teacher success. Choudhuryis a member of Chiefs for Change, and an alumnus of the Future Chiefs program, a highly selective, nationally based leadership program that prepares the next generation of education leaders.