in 2008-09, Bill Gates agreed to finance the creation, development, and implementation of Common Core standards. Why? He loves standardization. Estimates for his spending on the Common Core range from $200 Million to $2 Billion.

Most states adopted it, lured by the chance to win funding from Arne Duncan’s Race to the Top (states had to adopt the Common Core to be eligible to compete for a slice of $5 Billion in federal awards). But the backlash from every direction was so intense that most of the adopters renamed it, revised it, distanced themselves.

Bill Gates has never given up on the Core. He recently plopped a wee bit of money into a new effort to revive Common Core Testing. 

Under Duncan, the U.S. Department of Education spent $360 million to create two Testing consortia. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the  Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

“Only five of the original 24 states involved in the PARCC consortium are still using members. They include Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico and the District of Columbia. Louisana uses a hybrid of PARCC and another test.

“The other testing group, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) has seen massive attrition as well. The SBAC used to have 30 members.” SBAC is down to 12 full members.

Mercedes Schneider digs deeper into Bill Gates and his failing obsession here. 

Give it up, Bill. It’s over. It’s done. Stick a fork in it.