NASBE is tracking all 50 states' state board meeting minutes to determine how state leaders are voting on state ESSA plans.
The Education Secretary told state board members that "common sense doesn't win out in Washington" and that the Education Department "has created roadblocks for states in the past."
Some state boards of education lost authority in the wake of controversy over the Common Core Standards, but many say ESSA gives them opportunities to flex their muscles.
In some states, advocacy groups and politicians have disagreed with the direction their state superintendents have taken on accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Kansas politicians are at odds over how to address a court ruling last week that mandates more education spending, while not specifying how the state should move forward.
the Council of Chief State School Officers encourages states to incorporate a college and career readiness indicator on their new state accountability systems.
The decision in a long-running K-12 finance case, could create serious difficulties for Kansas lawmakers already pondering how to dig out from a $900 million budget hole.
Fast-moving bills in two state legislatures could dictate to their education departments what goes into the states' accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Saying they're frustrated with the state's proposed accountability system under the Every Student Succeeds Act, a group of local superintendents in Louisiana aim to create their own.
The first ESSA deadline arrives April 3 and local superintendents in some states are making a big push to delay their state board from voting on the plan.