We had a problem in this with Texas using a "Test" developed by the Teachers Union and others.
The problem, from my point of view, is that the teachers "taught" the test rather than the subjects.
This led to many problem, most notable, many of our students were not ready for college when
they graduated. It also allowed the Teachers unions and others to slip in such items as mentioned in the article. That was not all that has come to light recently though. Thankfully we are changing this with legislators who are on the Education committee and are taking a long
and serious look at who, what, when and where some of the items come from. It seems
that since obama entered office we have had a rise in these types of reports.