The North Carolina General Assembly inserted a provision in the final budget (pdf) that would require legislative approval to implement Common Core tests.
SECTION 9.2.(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of G.S. 115C-174.11(c), the State Board of Education shall report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee prior to the purchase and implementation of a new assessment instrument to assess student achievement on the Common Core State Standards, including the Common Core Smarter Balance Consortium Assessments. The State Board shall not purchase such an assessment instrument without the enactment of legislation by the General Assembly authorizing the purchase.
Given the fact that many legislators are ambivalent about Common Core, this is a major victory.