To the delight of Common Core opponents, states continue to pull away from national standards and tests as parents are opting their children out of the all-important "assessments."
With the momentum building, 19 states thus far this year have introduced bills to repeal Common Core; but none have succeeded. Jane Robbins of the American Principles Project says that's because the education establishment in most states is fighting to keep the Core in place.
"And the legislatures tend to look at those people as the objective experts when they're not objective at all. They have a definite agenda," she says.
Nonetheless as more and more parents continue to opt their students out of testing, she says the whole thing could fall apart.
"Everything depends on assessments; it all depends on these tests that the federal government has spent a ton of money on and a lot of private companies are going to be making a great deal of money on," states Robbins.
"If parents start to say Well, we're just not going to take these tests – then that just throws a wrench into the works that no one ever thought would happen."
According to Robbins, if the testing falls apart states can go their own way on the standards, which would lead to more local control of education.