Arne Duncan announced at the 2009 Governors Education Symposium in June that $350 million of the Race to the Top fund will go to states to help them offset the costs involved in creating new assessments based on the national standards being developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Anticipating critics who fear the federal government’s deepening role in education, Duncan stated, “Some people may claim that a commonly created test is a threat to state control—but let’s remember who is in charge. You are. You will create these tests. You will drive the process. You will call the shots.”