The new administration has appointed a slate of education experts to oversee the Education Department, and the president has pledged to roll back Obama-era policies.
The president’s pick to lead the agency, Elizabeth Miller, is a former educator and is a frequent critic of charter schools.
Trump has appointed an outside watchdog for the education department, John Bogle, to lead a group that will oversee the federal workforce, and Trump has nominated another education official, Peter Thiel, to head the Department of Education.
Trump has also appointed a special education advocate to oversee school safety.
“I don’t think that the Trump administration has any intention of changing the policies that have been established in the past, and I don’t believe that there’s any intention to undo what they’ve done,” said Robert H. Johnson, a professor of education and policy at the University of Pennsylvania and former secretary of education under President George W. Bush.
“We have to make sure that the policies are still the same.”
Johnson said he thinks the administration is committed to keeping federal oversight of schools.
“The president is going to continue to put the pressure on schools and keep his promises,” Johnson said.
The Education Department’s director, Anne Gorsuch, is already on the job.
Her nomination is the first since the new administration took office, and it follows a string of moves that have seen the agency change its approach to education.
The Trump administration will not eliminate the federal mandate that all public schools must offer at least one year of elementary and secondary education.
But the Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, has made it clear that she intends to seek out states with the strongest efforts to increase enrollment and charter schools, and she has said she will use her office to make decisions that protect the most vulnerable students.
The department will also be taking on a larger role in educating students who have special needs, such as autism and Down syndrome, but not all of them will have to go through a rigorous evaluation process.
The White House has said that the department will “revisit” the Common Core State Standards to allow states to incorporate more progressive standards.
Instead of requiring the creation of standardized testing, DeVos has said the department would “work with states to establish an online assessment system.”
That could mean the Education department would take over the role of testing company for states.
But DeVos has not said how many states would be allowed to use the system.
Instead, the Education secretary has said states will be allowed the flexibility to decide which standards to use for testing and for which purposes.
In addition to taking on the role for testing, the department is also expected to create new positions for counselors and teachers, as well as a new director of educational technology.