Folks might be interested in this post from EdWeek that might as well been titled "how the sausage is made at the state level." It discusses the new crop of education advocacy groups targeting state legislation, in many cases about accountability and teach evaluation. See "New K-12 Advocacy Groups Wield State Klout" in Ed Week.
The post is part of a multipart series called The Changing Face of Education Advocacy. Worth a look when you have time.