Old M.O. Largest states drove many textbook, curriculum, and assessment decisions because of their size and the desire of publishers to cater to them to achieve economies of scale.
New M.O? With everyone scrambling to design Common Core aligned curriculum the fastest states rather than the largest may end up setting the agenda because they’re out in front with materials that teachers can use.
If that proves to be the case, then keep an eye on New York, which is leading the pack on curriculum development.