I don't think the states will do any better than the Feds but the Feds calling the shots resulted in ridiculously inappropriate academic requirements and lots of money for test making companies. Is it possible to actually use elementary educators not on anybody else's payroll, group, agenda to decide at what point a child should add by 2 numbers, what grade multiplication should be taught, what books are appropriate for what grade and then put out federal recommendations. I understand people move more in today's world than 50 years ago so there is a benefit to having guidelines for what will be covered in the last quarter of 5th grade in Seattle and Orlando and Dallas. However, common core is a fiasco and should not be replicated in any way shape or form. I've been through numerous educational "experiments" with my children aged from 8-20 with differing abilities. Haven't seen an outstanding one yet. The teachers know best. Work with them. We also need at least 3 types of HS diplomas. A General Ed diploma with an option of an added trade, a scholastic diploma to reflect a more rigorous or college ready degree and an advanced diploma to reflect college level learning. One size does not fit all.