WASHINGTON (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) will be receiving federal funding for two projects aiming to improve student learning.

The U.S. Department of Education announced 10 recipients receiving funding under the Competitive Grants for State Assessments totaling over $29 million Friday.

LDOE will be receiving $2,943,173 for “Testing What’s Taught: Equity in Test Design Project” and $2,953,137 for “Project INTEL: Interim Assessments for English Learners.”

“Congratulations to these new grantees on their innovative approaches to better understanding student achievement and growth,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “With more authentic, relevant, and engaging assessments, educators and school leaders have more tools to personalize instruction to meet students’ diverse needs; make critical, data-informed decisions that can positively affect student opportunities and outcomes; and communicate progress to parents and families. With this enhanced data and the resources from the American Rescue Plan, our school leaders have the resources to support students who need them the most, which is vital as our nation recovers from the pandemic. Ultimately, student assessment data should be focused on driving resources to students who need the most support, not on labeling schools and teachers especially while we are recovering from a pandemic.”

Other states receiving funding included Arkansas, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York and North Carolina.