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Now available: FAQs and Webinar slides for the Competitive Grants for State Assessments

Dear Colleagues,


Good morning. Thank you to those that joined the informational webinar last week regarding the Competitive Grants for State Assessment (CGSA) program. I am pleased to let you know that we have two pieces of helpful information now posted on our website.


  1. Slides from last week’s webinar on 2/27 can be found here. In addition, within the next week, we will post the audio recording of the webinar on this same web page.
  2. New FAQs to support the competition are now available and you can find them here


Even though the intent to apply deadline was February 27 and you are not required to send an intent to apply notice, we appreciate receiving such information, which is helpful to the Department in preparing for the review process. As a result, if you are interested and you have not already done so, we encourage you to notify us of your intent to submit an application. Submit this notification by email to and with “Intent to Apply” in the email subject line.


As a reminder, the deadline to apply is March 29, 2019, at 4:30 pm ET. The CGSA NIA and application is available on the program website here or on the federal register here.


Please feel free to share this information about this CGSA competition with appropriate staff and colleagues. Please contact Denise M. Joseph or Don Peasley if you have questions regarding the CGSA competition.  



Patrick Rooney

About the Author

Patrick Rooney is the Director of two offices--Evidence-Based Practices Assessment and Accountability and School Support and Accountability within ED’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Before this recent appointment, Mr. Rooney was the Deputy Director of the Office of State Support.  Prior to joining the Office of State Support, Mr. Rooney worked in the Implementation and Support Unit, where he helped lead the work of the Reform Support Network, providing technical assistance to states implementing comprehensive Race to the Top reforms, and the Race to the Top Assessment program, which provided grants to groups of states to develop new assessments aligned to state’s college- and career-ready standards. Mr. Rooney also worked in the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education, where he was a senior policy advisor and worked on a wide variety of K-12 issues in the District of Columbia.