Scope and Content Note

The subject files of Commissioner David M. Steiner document the daily operations of the commissioner's office, including communications and interaction with the State Board of Regents, major program areas of the State Education Department, school boards, federal and state lawmakers, federal and state agencies, and state and national educational organizations. Major topics documented in the files include the state's pursuit of an award from the federal grant program known as Race to the Top; public school assessments; teacher and principal performance standards and assessment; charter schools; consortium schools; and bilingual education.