U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos unveiled the "parent guide" at a roundtable in Mississippi, with parents, students, and educators, as part of her four-state "Rethink School" tour.
Georgia wants to allow districts to use a series of "formative assessments" instead of one big test at the end of the year.
The education secretary said in a speech Wednesday that "next to nothing" has changed in education since 1983's 'A Nation at Risk' report, which warned the country was falling dangerously behind foreign competitors.
The grants were awarded under the STOP School Violence Act, which was passed by Congress soon after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is embarking on her second back-to-school road trip since taking over the department.
The Every Student Succeeds Act allows up to seven states to try out new kinds of tests in a handful of districts before taking them statewide.
The U.S. Department of Education hasn't done a great job of keeping tabs on states that have closed charter schools, according to an Inspector General's report.
Not adjusting for inflation, the $71.5 billion budget is the largest-ever appropriation from Congress for the Education Department.
Professional development is a big priority for ESSA's block grant, according to an Education Week Research Center survey of more than 500 district leaders.
Jason Botel, an assistant deputy assistant secretary for innovation and improvement at the U.S. Department of Education, will leave the department next month.