The announcement of the first lady's "Be Best" initiative included almost no details, including whether the Trump administration is seeking more money for any of the causes she Trump mentioned.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has now approved ESSA plans from 42 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Big states like California and Florida, however, are still awaiting approval.
At least ten states have plans to create some kind of accountability "dashboard", which consider school performance on a host of factors, but don't give an overall score to a school.
Support for school choice dipped somewhat after President Donald Trump's first year in office, but remains robust in general, according to survey results from an advocacy group formerly led by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has greenlighted two more Every Student Succeeds Act plans from Virginia and South Carolina. That brings the grand total of states with approved plans to 39, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
There are major shifts in the number of school districts reporting to the federal government that they have court desegregation orders or voluntary plans to desegregate. Experts and the Education Department couldn't explain the changes.
ESSA has some limited avenues for states to champion various types of school choice options. But only a handful of states are taking advantage of those opportunities, according to reviews of the plans.
The Puerto Rico Department of Education will receive $589 million of this Immediate Aid to Restart School Operations program money, while the Texas and California will receive smaller amounts.
The Every Student Succeeds Act doesn't include separate funding for science, technology, engineering, and math. But it does let states to use funding from other programs to bolster those subjects.
Tennessee lawmakers' decision to essentially let districts toss this year's assessment scores due to technical difficulties could provide a gauge of how flexible the education secretary is willing to be in implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.