A new Education Commission of the States report provides states a few pointers on how they can consider expanding learning opportunities for students beyond reading and math.
So what does a draft version of the Democratic Party's policy platform say about K-12 education?
Federal lawmakers aren't slated to do anything nearly as monumental as the Every Student Succeeds Act during the rest of this session of Congress, but lawmakers might still have a few notable bills up their sleeves.
State K-12 leaders worry that the U.S. Department of Education is bent on trying to enforce the previous version of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Testifying on Capitol Hill, John B. King Jr. tried to quell fears from House lawmakers that the proposals go beyond what the Every Student Succeeds Act allows.
Federal officials offer some rules of the road on reaching out to the education community and ensuring that the Every Student Succeeds Act works for foster children.
While some of the proposed regulations are a positive step, they might need additional teeth, says the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 30 other groups.
A change to the federal AP/IB program under the Every Student Succeeds Act means states and districts will need to think hard about continuing to cover low-income students' testing fees.
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, many states will have to drop their policy of using these groups in the place of individual subgroups for federal accountability purposes.
The Every Student Succeeds Act may put states in the driver's seat when it comes to accountability, teacher quality, and more, but it also asks state leaders to do some serious "stakeholder engagement."