State Education Commissioner John King recently announcedthat he will leave his position to join the U.S. Department of Education at the end of the year.  He will assume the second-highest-ranking job at the federal Education Department, serving as senior adviser to Secretary Arne Duncan.

King oversaw the state’s rollout of the Common Core curriculum to raise state standards, and also pushed for expanded technical education through P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College) high schools.

Merryl Tisch, Board of Regents chancellor, said the panel will launch a national search for King’s replacement next week. Elizabeth Berlin, executive deputy commissioner of the state education department, will serve as interim commissioner.