In a joint letter to governors and chief state school officers, they say "The challenge going forward is to devise accountability systems that raise the ceiling as well as the floor."
How Trump and DeVos (if she is confirmed by the Senate) will handle civil rights issues at the Education Department has been one of the major questions surrounding her.
School choice isn't easy to do in the rural states and communities that played such a large part in the President-elect's Electoral College victory.
Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for U.S. Secretary of Education, doubled down on her promise to localize education, boost choice and "end" the common-core standards.
Betsy DeVos, who Donald Trump has picked to lead the U.S. Department Education, has a long and controversial record of advocating for school choice nationally, but especially in her home state of Michigan.
The Education Department's office for civil rights, which got 16,720 complaints in fiscal 2016, has taken heat from Republicans in Congress and others about its guidance and enforcement approach.
A short-term budget deal to keep the government running addresses the water contamination in cities like Flint, Mich., but does not otherwise contain significant changes for education.
The Obama administration released regulations governing how testing is supposed to work under ESSA, and announced $8 million in new assessment grants.
The new set of materials includes a guide for those leaving juvenile-justice facilities, a toolkit for administators and other educators to assist youth in the juvenile-justice system.
DeVos would be the first person to lead the department in its more than 35-year history who hasn't been either attended public schools or sent her own children to them. Does that matter? It depends on who you ask.