The U.S. Department of Education has started the application process for the Competitive Grants for State Assessments program. The purpose of the program is to enhance the quality of state assessment systems so they “better reflect the needs and experiences of our nation’s students and communities,” writes Donald Peasley, who leads the assessment team in the department’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The CGSA program will award up to $17.7 million in grants to four to six state educational agencies, with estimated grant awards of up to $3 million per grantee, adds Peasley.

Applications are due on April 18, with successful applicants to be selected and awards made by September.

“As we continue our work to support our nation’s students in their recovery from the pandemic, we look forward to working in partnership with schools, families, educators and communities to strengthen our assessment and education systems, so every student has the opportunity to succeed academically and thrive,” writes Peasley.

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