The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced 15 grants -- totaling $19.5 million -- for the development of instructional tools and assessments to put new national academic standards in math and literacy to work in the classroom. The grants will go to university researchers who are expected to develop resources such as course outlines, diagnostic devices, syllabuses and tests that align with the standards and prepare students for college. Some school districts will pilot the assessments as early as this fall.

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