New York education chief steps down, joins Obama admin.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — John King Jr. is stepping down as New York’s education commissioner for a post in the Obama administration.

The Department of Education says Wednesday that King will leave his state position at the end of the year to be senior adviser to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

King was appointed commissioner in May 2011 and oversaw a series of major and often contested reforms, including implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards intended to better prepare students for college and careers.

He also was at the helm when New York began requiring annual teacher evaluations based in part on student performance on Common Core-aligned standardized tests, a position that made him the main target of opposition to both initiatives.

In a statement, King says he’s “humbled and honored” to work with President Barack Obama and Duncan. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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