The comment came in a Fox News interview when Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was asked if she would withhold federal money from states that use the standards.
A coalition of advocacy organizations are concerned about U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' early moves with respect to civil rights, including her pick as acting head of the office for civil rights.
The U.S. Department of Education's press secretary comes from the office of a Texas Republican member of Congress.
Since taking office, President Donald Trump has made some notable moves on K-12, but his early days look different in many respects than those of his two most immediate predecessors.
The education secretary and the American Federation of Teachers president agree the Van Wert district is great, but don't see eye-to-eye on vouchers, the budget, and more.
Holly Luong Ham, who will oversee the department's office of management, is joining the list of recent appointments to work under Secretary Betsy DeVos.
So far, 12 states and the District of Columbia have informed the U.S. Department of Education about how they'll approach accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
It remains to be seen if Thursday's visit by the education secretary and the teachers' union president to rural Van Wert will turn out to be a love feast.
The blank spots in state plans could set up an interesting test for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has made local control a watchword for her department.
On April 28, the measure Congress approved late last year to keep the government funded for the rest of fiscal 2017 will expire.