Race to the Top Assessment Program
The Department is establishing a Technical Review to support PARCC and Smarter Balanced, analyzing their progress and identifying how better to partner with the consortia.
The fourth public meeting on RTTA grants (May 22, 2012, in DC) focused on learning from previous federal grantees about ensuring accessibility to assessments for students with disabilities.
CFDA Numbers: 84.395B (Comprehensive Assessment Systems grant category) and 84.395C (High School Course Assessment grant category)
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the Race to the Top Assessment Program provides funding to consortia of States to develop assessments that are valid, support and inform instruction, provide accurate information about what students know and can do, and measure student achievement against standards designed to ensure that all students gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college and the workplace. These assessments are intended to play a critical role in educational systems; provide administrators, educators, parents, and students with the data and information needed to continuously improve teaching and learning; and help meet the President's goal of restoring, by 2020, the nation's position as the world leader in college graduates.
Through the Race to the Top Assessment Program, the Department awarded two Comprehensive Assessment Systems grants in September 2010. (View awards materials.)