Race to the Top Fund Assessment Program: High School Course Assessment Programs Grants CFDA 84.395C

Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice.

For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice.

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Please review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information.

Purpose and Overview of Program:
Authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the Race to the Top Fund 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.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:
8 4. 395B (Comprehensive Assessment Systems grants).

An applicant must submit an original and one paper copy of its application for either grant category under this competition.

An applicant may submit its application by mail or hand delivery.

E-mailed applications will not be read.

If an applicant's application includes content that cannot be presented in a paper copy, the applicant may submit that content separately in one or more electronic files on a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM.

The application content must reside on the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM; the Department will not review material in external references or links.

The files may be in any of the following formats:
.DOC/.DOCX (Microsoft Word Document), .PDF (Adobe Portable Document Format), .PPT/.PPTX (Microsoft owerpoint), .HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), .JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group Image), .GIF (Graphics Interchange Format), .PNG (Portable Network Graphics), .TIFF (Tagged Image Format), .XLS/.XLSX (Microsoft Excel), .XML/.XSD (Extensible Markup Language/XML Schema), .CSV (Comma Separated Values), .TXT (Text File), and .ZIP (Compressed Package).

If an applicant is submitting data files, it should include in its application a description or schema of the data elements within the files.

If an applicant submits a file type other than the types specified in this paragraph, the Department will not review that material.

Applicants should not password-protect these files.

Each electronic file name should clearly identify the part of the application to which the content is responding.

The CD-ROM or DVD-ROM should be clearly labeled with the applicant's name and any other relevant information.

An applicant must provide 10 copies of any CD-ROM or DVD-ROM it submits with the original and paper copy of its application.

On April 9, 2010, the Department of Education published in the Federal Register (75 FR 18171) a notice inviting applications for new awards for FY 2010 (NIA) for the Race to the Top Fund Assessment Program.

This notice makes two corrections to the April 9 NIA.

On page 18178, we provided a mailing address, telephone number, and fax number for the Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), from which prospective applicants can obtain an application package for either grant category under the Race to the Top Fund Assessment Program competition.

The mailing address and fax number that we provided were incorrect.

To correct these errors, the Department makes the following corrections to the April 9 NIA:
On page 18178, in the third column, under the heading A.

Address To Request Application Package:
1. Correct the third sentence to read:
``To obtain a copy from ED Pubs, write, fax or call the following:
Education Publications Center, P.O.

Box 22207, Alexandria, VA 2230 4. '' 2. Correct the fifth sentence to read:
(703) 605-679 4. ''