The feds' response to those two states represent the first time the U.S. Department of Education has provided feedback since it announced changes to the ESSA review process.
Michigan's ESSA plan has been sharply criticized by various observers, but other factors could lead DeVos and her team to approve it any way.
Allowing districts to use the SAT or ACT for high school accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act may be more complicated than it appears.
The bipartisan legislation also puts a greater emphasis on screening and treatment for those with mental health issues, as well as retaining educational records of young people in detention centers.
School choice supporters could push to allow parents to save for private school the same way many save for college: through 529 plans, which offer tax advantages.
Initial feedback on the state's plan had some key people in Washington worried the Trump Education Department was overstepping the bounds of the law.
The U.S. Department of Education has laid out final regulations for how states and districts must link school turnaround strategies to research evidence.
Will parents be able to understand their child's school's performance under the Every Student Succeeds Act? And will schools with students from difficult socioeconomic backgrounds get a fair shake?
Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Bobby Scott told Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos that her department's plan for phone calls prior to written feedback is problematic.
Rep. John Delaney is the author of the "Early Learning Act" that is designed to help states move towards universal pre-kindergarten.