Race to the Top Assessment Program
The Secretary awarded grants under the Race to the Top Assessment program on September 28, 2010, to the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced).
On January 7, 2011, PARCC and Smarter Balanced each entered into a Cooperative Agreement with the Department regarding these grants. The agreement is intended to provide for substantial communication, coordination, and involvement between the Department and the grantee to ensure the success of the grant.
|Consortium||Award letter||Cooperative agreement||Final budget summary table|
|PARCC||PDF (102K)||PDF (176K)||PDF (78K)|
|Smarter Balanced||PDF (102K)||PDF (139K)||PDF (55K)|
As noted in the grant award notice, PARCC and Smarter Balanced were each provided a supplemental grant award to support the work in their approved application and budget to successfully transition to the new standards and assessments. Each received a supplemental grant award of $15.9 million from the remaining unallocated funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). The consortia were encouraged to include activities in their supplemental budget that focused on:
- Developing gap analyses between current and new standards, curriculum analysis tools, professional development related to the new standards and assessments including support for educators to better understand the content of the new standards, state and local assessment audits to determine what assessments will no longer be needed.
- Enhancing technology to be used in the assessments systems, including assessment delivery.
- Supporting educator understanding and use of assessment results, and other steps needed to build the professional capacity to implement more rigorous common standards.
Race to the Top Assessment State Membership
| Arizona |
District of Columbia
| Massachusetts |
| California |
| Nevada |
Membership information as of April 23, 2013
*Fiscal agent for the grant
Note: For information on the distinctions and roles between governing and participating states, see section C of the RTTA Frequently Asked Questions PDF (652K)
- Guidelines for grantees requesting to amend the grant project PDF (139K)
Amendment Decision Letters
Amendment Decision 5.16.11 PDF (193K)
Amendment Decision 8.1.11 PDF (135K)
Amendment Decision 9.16.11 PDF (32K)
Amendment Decision 12.15.11 PDF (170K)
Amendment Decision 2.9.12 PDF (153K)
|Smarter Balanced||Amendment Decision 11.22.11 PDF (203K)
Amendment Decision 5.4.12 PDF (92K)
Updated Workplan PDF (285K)
Amendment Decision 5.18.12 PDF (126K)
Amendment Decision 1.25.13 PDF (192K)
Amendment Decision 3.1.13 PDF (139K)
Amendment Decision 4.26.13 PDF (60K)