New York State Commissioner of Education John King is stepping down to take a position with the U.S. Department of Education.

King encountered strong opposition from parents and educators for his strong advocacy of Common Core, high-stakes testing, and test-based evaluations of teachers and principals.

King’s own children attend a private Montessori school which does not believe in standardized testing.

Although news reports say he will take the #2 job at the U.S. Department of Education, that position is already filled by Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary of Education, who was recently confirmed.