The United States school system is undergoing a significant transformation. The rollout of the Common Core State Standards marked a new era in teaching. In the beginning a majority of states signed on to the standards, but as the standards became politicized, some states have moved to create their own. Despite this perceived setback, the standards have succeeded in moving the country forward by setting a more ambitious agenda. Several states that declined to adopt, or abandoned the Common Core, have set higher benchmarks by drafting their own standards.