Minnesota and West Virginia are the first two states that submitted plans in the fall to win federal approval.
States can spend their left-over School Improvement Grant money under rules outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act, the department says.
Jones and Smith will replace Al Franken, the former Democratic senator from Minnesota who resigned last month after allegations of sexual misconduct, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.
Some state and local governments are looking at ways to reduce the impact of the tax overhaul President Donald Trump signed into law last month that could have a negative impact on school funding for districts.
On some issues, like career and technical education, Congress has made progress over the past year. On other issues like student-data privacy, not so much.
Al Franken left the Senate at the start of 2018, and that means there are only 10 Democrats on the Senate education committee. We look at a few potential replacements for him.
States worry that offering their districts a choice of tests as allowed under the Every Student Succeeds Act could make it harder to compare student outcomes.
Similar to the other thirty-two states that gotten feedback so far this winter, Idaho has a long list of things to work on.
Trump has appointed James Lynn Woodworth to the top post at the National Center for Education Statistics.
In the latest installment of "Answering Your ESSA Questions," we look at whether districts and schools can apply for federal funds to audit their testing systems and give an update on the law's Innovative Assessment Pilot.