Two State Groups Win Federal Grants for Common Tests
The U.S. Department of Education today announced awards of some $330 million in federal aid to two state coalitions—representing 44 states and the District of Columbia—for the design of new assessment systems aligned to the recently developed common-core standards.
The grant money will be divided almost equally between the two applicants in the competition, which is part of the federal Race to the Top program spawned by the federal economic-stimulus law.
However, a third group of 12 states that applied for a smaller, $30 million pot under a separate but related competition to support specific exams at the high school level, failed...
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