ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland is taking on a significant fiscal role in developing the tests that will assess students based on Common Core curriculum standards, agreeing to administer $96 million in federal grants to create the tests.
The Board of Public Works approved the contract for the State Department of Education to administer the U.S. grant. Gov. Martin O'Malley said the contract was being done at the request of U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, after Florida decided to stop overseeing the funding.