The new accountability system ranks schools based on 12 indicators, including college access and physical fitness, in addition to test scores and expanded ways of measuring graduation.
State Schools Chief Tommy Bice led the Alabama in increasing its graduation rate and instituting a new strategic plan.
Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, signed a bill that aims to have the legislature address a 2012 state high court ruling by the end of lawmakers' 2017 session.
Gov. Sam Brownback said he is meeting with his lawyers and legislatures to figure out a way to provide the state's impoverished school districts with more money.
Some of the nation's top education lobbying groups have united to guard against federal intrusion while implementing teacher and accountability systems under the new law.
Student readiness for technology may be the biggest factor in explaining the score discrepancies between the online and paper version of Maryland's statewide test.
At the National Governors Association meeting Sunday, the head of the Senate education committee told governors that ESSA gives them wide latitude to shape their own education policies.
Washington is among a handful of states where advocates are using the teacher shortage crisis to push forward their policy agendas.
At least 31 states got new education chiefs last year, according to Achieve, and there were 95 new state school board members in 33 states.
Gov. Jon Bel Edwards announced last week that he'd dropped the lawsuit, only to have the state's attorney general claim the lawsuit wasn't the governor's to drop.