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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 download files PDF (102K) download files PDF (176K) download files PDF (78K)
Smarter Balanced download files PDF (102K) download files PDF (139K) download files PDF (55K)

Supplemental award

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.
    • PARCC supplemental budget summary download files PDF (94K)
    • Smarter Balanced supplemental budget summary download files PDF (123K)

Race to the Top Assessment State Membership

Consortium

Governing states

Participating states

PARCC

Arizona
Arkansas
Colorado
District of Columbia
Florida
Illinois
Louisiana
Maryland *
Massachusetts
Mississippi
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
Ohio
Rhode Island
Tennessee

Pennsylvania

Smarter Balanced

California
Connecticut
Delaware
Hawaii
Idaho
Iowa
Maine
Michigan
Missouri
Montana
Nevada
New Hampshire
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oregon
South Carolina
South Dakota
Vermont
Washington *
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
Pennsylvania

Membership information as of February 3, 2014
*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 download files PDF (652K)

Amendment Process

  • Guidelines for grantees requesting to amend the grant project download files PDF (139K)

Amendment Decision Letters

PARCC Amendment Decision 1: 5.16.11 download files PDF (193K)
Amendment Decision 2: 8.1.11 download files PDF (135K)
Amendment Decision 3: 9.16.11 download files PDF (32K)
Amendment Decision 4: 12.15.11 download files PDF (170K)
Amendment Decision 5: 2.9.12 download files PDF (153K)
Amendment Decision 6: 6.17.13 download files PDF (169K)
Amendment Decision 7: 7.25.13 download files PDF (167K)
Amendment Decision 8: 8.21.13 download files PDF (149K)
Amendment Decision 9: 9.9.13 download files PDF (165K)
Smarter Balanced Amendment Decision 1: 11.22.11 download files PDF (203K)
Amendment Decision 2: 5.4.12 download files PDF (92K)
       Updated Workplan download files PDF (285K)
Amendment Decision 3: 5.18.12 download files PDF (126K)
Amendment Decision 4: 1.25.13 download files PDF (192K)
Amendment Decision 5: 3.1.13 download files PDF (139K)
Amendment Decision 6: 4.26.13 download files PDF (60K)
Amendment Decision 7: 8.2.13 download files PDF (129K)
Amendment Decision 8: 10.21.13 download files PDF (109K)
Amendment Decision 9: 12.2.13 download files PDF (131K)

 
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