Gates Foundation pours millions into Common Core in 2013

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spent more than $20 million this year in grants to institutions and organizations to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, continuing the hefty support it has provided since the initiative began more than five years ago, according to its  Web site.

The foundation has spent well over $170 million to support the creation and implementation of Common Core State Standards, and has been praised by supporters for its philanthropy and questioned by critics who worry about wealthy private citizens using their personal fortunes to impact public policy.

Millions of Gates dollars were awarded this year for various Core-related activities, including to increase public support for the Common Core;  a $3.2 million grant to the New Venture Fund is intended “to support successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards by building public awareness and understanding.” (The fund’s Web site says it is a nonprofit organization “offering domestic and international grant-making services, executing donor-developed projects, and providing full fiscal sponsorship including grant and contract management for innovative public-interest projects.”)

Some of the grants are to help develop new standardized tests aligned to the Core; the Council of Chief State School Officers won $4 million in July “to support the development of high quality assessments to measure” the standards. Other grants are to help teachers develop materials for the Common Core. The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education won a few grants in this regard, including one in July for $3,882,600 to “support a cohort of National Education Association Master Teachers in the development of Common Core-aligned lessons in K-5 mathematics and K-12 English Language Arts,” and another in October for $501,580 “to give support to teachers in Kentucky to implement the Common Core State Standards confidently and effectively.”

Meanwhile, the National Conference of State Legislatures won $447,046 in November to “continue its support of state legislators on Common Core and teacher effectiveness”; UCLA won $942,527 in September “to develop a tool that helps states on Common Core-aligned assessments”; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in August won $115,000 “to support an online, game-based learning experience for reading and writing aligned to Common Core literacy standards”; and the University of Kentucky Research Foundation won $1 million in February to “to support the launch of a new Center for Innovation in Education to advance implementation of the common core and more personalized learning for students and teachers that will enable young people to graduate career and college ready.”

Here’s a list of the Common Core-related grants the foundation handed out so far this year, obtained from their foundation’s Web site,  and below the list are details of some of the larger grants.

 

Grantee Year Issue Program Amount
Committee for Economic Development 2013 Global Policy & Advocacy US Program $865,593
National Conference of State Legislatures 2013 Global Policy & Advocacy US Program $557,046
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $1,981,978
The Aspen Institute Inc 2013 College-Ready US Program $1,500,003
Motion Math, Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $100,000
National Indian Education Association 2013 Global Policy & Advocacy US Program $600,000
Center for American Progress 2013 College-Ready US Program $550,000
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center 2013 Global Policy & Advocacy US Program $440,035
Foundation for Excellence in Education Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $2,000,000
The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education 2013 College-Ready US Program $501,580
Achievement First Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $837,355
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth 2013 College-Ready US Program $100,001
 
Policy Innovators In Education Network, Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $499,951
James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy Foundation, Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $1,749,070
New Venture Fund 2013 College-Ready US Program $3,213,686
Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education 2013 College-Ready US Program $250,000
Summit Public Schools 2013 College-Ready US Program $250,000
Military Child Education Coalition 2013 College-Ready US Program $563,611
Learning Matters, Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $25,000
Aspire Public Schools 2013 College-Ready US Program $249,855
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $2,500,000
Research for Action Inc 2013 College-Ready US Program $650,000
National Catholic Educational Association 2013 College-Ready US Program $100,007
National Governors Association Center For Best Practices 2013 College-Ready US Program $750,000
Regents University Of California Los Angeles 2013 College-Ready US Program $942,527
Education Development Center, Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $211,795
James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy Foundation, Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $500,000
University of Missouri – Columbia 2013 College-Ready US Program $249,826
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2013 College-Ready US Program $115,000
The Achievement Network 2013 College-Ready US Program $250,249
University of Florida 2013 College-Ready US Program $250,000
Region 8 ESC of Northeast Indiana 2013 College-Ready US Program $249,505
Center for Applied Linguistics 2013 College-Ready US Program $249,396
KnowledgeWorks Foundation 2013 College-Ready US Program $241,747
DePaul University 2013 College-Ready US Program $248,343
Perkins School for the Blind 2013 College-Ready US Program $249,113

 

ConnectEDU, Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $499,375
Puget Sound Educational Service District 2013 College-Ready US Program $247,465
Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $250,000
National Math and Science Initiative Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $248,760
National Center for Family Literacy Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $239,796
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development 2013 College-Ready US Program $244,733
Arkansas Public School Resource Center Inc 2013 College-Ready US Program $200,000
Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation, Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $231,846
Battelle For Kids 2013 College-Ready US Program $249,808
Center for Teaching Quality, Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $249,471
New Visions for Public Schools, Inc 2013 College-Ready US Program $250,000
National Council of Teachers of English 2013 College-Ready US Program $249,482
New Teacher Center 2013 College-Ready US Program $250,000
The George Washington University 2013 College-Ready US Program $259,895
Harvard University 2013 College-Ready US Program $557,168
Council for a Strong America 2013 College-Ready US Program $1,550,000
American Agora Foundation Inc 2013 College-Ready US Program $100,000
The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education 2013 College-Ready US Program $3,882,600
Council of Chief State School Officers 2013 College-Ready US Program $4,000,000
iCivics, Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $500,000
Benchmark Education Company LLC 2013 College-Ready US Program $25,000
Six Red Marbles LLC 2013 College-Ready US Program $500,000
LearnZillion, Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $250,000
Common Ground Software Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $500,000
Filament Games, LLC 2013 College-Ready US Program $25,000
University of Washington Foundation 2013 College-Ready US Program $610,819
Council of Chief State School Officers 2013 College-Ready US Program $799,825
National Association of State Boards of Education 2013 College-Ready US Program $800,000
New Venture Fund 2013 College-Ready US Program $1,150,000
New America Foundation 2013 College-Ready US Program $200,002
National Congress of Parents and Teachers 2013 College-Ready US Program $499,962
The Aspen Institute Inc 2013 College-Ready US Program $74,290
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children 2013 Global Policy & Advocacy US Program $240,000
WestEd 2013 College-Ready US Program $30,000
Michigan State University 2013 College-Ready US Program $650,000
LearnZillion, Inc. 2013 College-Ready US Program $965,525

 

University of Kentucky Research Foundation 2013 College-Ready US Program $1,000,000
Delaware Department of Education 2013 College-Ready US Program $400,000
National Paideia Center Inc 2013 College-Ready US Program $659,788
The Aspen Institute Inc 2013 College-Ready US Program $3,615,655

Council of Chief State School Officers

July 2013
to support the development of high quality assessments to measure the Common Core State Standards
$4,000,000
21
College-Ready
GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA
United States
Washington, D.C.
http://www.ccsso.org

 

Bellwether Education Partners, Inc.

Date: November 2013
Purpose: to support CoreSpring, an initiative to build a bank of shared Common Core aligned formative item and assessment resources that assure improved discoverability, availability and interoperability
Amount: $1,981,978
Term: 24
Topic: College-Ready
Regions Served: GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA
Program: United States
Grantee Location: Sudbury, Mass.
Grantee Web site: http://bellwethereducation.org/

 

October 2013
to support an outreach and public information project that builds support and understanding of the Common Core State Standards and aligned assessments in states
$2,000,000
8
College-Ready
GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA
United States
Tallahassee, Fla.
http://www.excelined.org

 

October 2013
to support successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards by building public awareness and understanding
$3,213,686
7
College-Ready
GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA
United States
Washington, D.C.
http://www.newventurefund.org

 

The Aspen Institute

October 2013
to support a group of school district leaders in their efforts to implement the Common Core standards
$1,500,003
15
College-Ready
GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA
United States
Washington, D.C.
http://www.aspeninstitute.org/

 

James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy Foundation, Inc.

Date: October 2013
to support states in their continued implementation of the Common Core State Standards
$1,749,070
26
College-Ready
GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA
United States
Durham, N.C.
http://www.hunt-institute.org


Council for a Strong America

July 2013
to educate and engage stakeholders about the Common Core and teacher development through a range of communications activities
$1,550,000
26
College-Ready
GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA
United States
Washington, D.C.
http://www.councilforastrongamerica.org/

 

National Association of State Boards of Education

June 2013
to support a development plan for the organization and its efforts to provide training and information to implement Common Core State Standards
$800,000
24
College-Ready
GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA
United States
Arlington, Va.
http://www.nasbe.org

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.
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