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Race to the Top

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Sara Vandermolen

on 9 December 2012

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Race to the Top It is a contest from the United States Department of Education that was created to encourage reforms and innovation in state and local district K-12 education. Current Funding By: Sara Vandermolen Race to the Top Where do These Awards Go? Funded By: What are They Asking? They are asking States to advance reform around four specific areas. 1. Adopt standards that prepare students to succeed in their future.
2. Build data systems that measure student growth and inform teachers about how they can improve also.
3. Reward and retain effective teachers and principals.
4. Turn around our lowest-achieving schools. Pros and Cons Pros Cons By making content more rigorous, the students will have a harder time understanding the content Teachers with smarter students get awarded for having better students, not for providing better instruction Students who are slower could be labeled and determined to not be college material You cannot measure student test scores based upon the teacher. Puts pressure on teachers Improves the quality of teachers and the distribution of great teachers Has standards in place to improve teaching and learning Improves student and teacher performance Makes sure all students have qualified teachers and improving achievement in low-performing schools There is a focus on charter schools as an alternative to boost student performance Dates Impacting Education The Huffington Post ZIMBO Innosight Institute ED.gov Wikipedia Nevada Policy Research Institute Teachers, Schools, and Society “America will not succeed in the 21st century unless we do a far better job of educating our sons and daughters… And the race starts today. I am issuing a challenge to our nation’s governors and school boards, principals and teachers, businesses and non-profits, parents and students: if you set and enforce rigorous and challenging standards and assessments; if you put outstanding teachers at the front of the classroom; if you turn around failing schools – your state can win a Race to the Top grant that will not only help students out compete workers around the world, but let them fulfill their God-given potential.” -President Obama The White House Teachers, Schools, and Society Partnership for Learning Partnership for Learning Teachers, Schools, and Society Klonsky ED.gov Funded by the Ed Recovery Act
A part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Announced by Barack Obama and Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education, on July 24th, 2009
States are rewarded points for certain educational policies Awards will go to the states that... Lead the way with achievable plans for implementing reform
Winners will provide examples for other States and school districts
These reforms can transform other schools for decades to come This Year: Due date for intent to apply: August 30th
Some applicants were not able to submit applications because of Hurricane Sandy.
Department extended the competition deadline for those who were unable to submit.
Original deadline was October 30th. Local districts that were effected were able to submit by November 7th
December of this year, the 2012 winners will be announced This year, the Department of Education will provide $400 million to support school districts in implementing local reforms that will personalize learning.
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