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Funding Sources

Race to the Top

The U.S. Department of Education funded two proposals as part of the Race to the Top Assessment Program to develop assessments in English and math to prepare students to be ready for college and careers. The two funded consortia are:

    1. Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) External Link
    2. Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) External Link

The Race to the Top PARCC grant was $186 million and is coordinated by Achieve. PARCC is a consortium of 24 states which educate a total of 25 million students. Massachusetts is one of the 19 PARCC governing states and has a leadership role in the national efforts.

Core to College

Massachusetts was also one of ten states to receive funding from the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (via the Lumina Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) to support Core to College. The $600,000 in funding helps to establish a statewide definition of college and career readiness and to collaborate and align curriculum around the Common Core standards.

Related Links
Achieve (National PARCC project management partner) External Link


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