Anyone with children in public schools in the US should read the letter from the US DOE at this blog.
It is accountability run amok, and borderline fascism. Bureaucrats just love to make threats from their bully pulpits, whether at local, state, or federal levels.
While monitoring some relevant measure(s) over time in return for receipt of federal funds earmarked for specific use is prudent, coercively mandating near census level approaches constitutes federal overreach, tramples on the rights of parents, and ignores less onerous, more effective statistical methods.
Is this what we want from our federal government?