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Gwen McGuirk

on 14 November 2013

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Transcript of RACE TO THE TOP

The Basics
By: Tyler Cavey and Gwen McGuirk
Maryland was awarded one of the federal government’s Race to the Top grants in the amount of $250 million over four years. This program is aimed at boosting student achievement, reducing gaps in achievement among student groups, improving struggling schools, and improving the teaching profession as a whole.

In August, 2010..
This program, while it has many good goals, is very highly concentrated on the struggling systems in public education, as opposed to giving equal attention to the schools who are already showing high levels of achievement.
The Linking Institutions
Interest group involvement
Many of the objections to the race to the top program come from grassroots groups
Instead of directly opposing the new standards, these groups have opted to protest Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Common core standards have faced strong opposition from the Republican party for two reasons: they were instituted by President Obama and failed to produce palpable results.
The media played a larger role when the R.T.T.T. program was first announced, giving strong criticism, but has fizzled down in recent years, placing it on the back burner.
There was much speculation in the media involving the standards R.T.T.T. was pushing on teachers, arguing that the program places too much emphasis on standardized tests to score and reward teaching capabilities.
Government Institutions
Each of the three government institutions played a large role in the drafting and enactment of R.T.T.T.
The race to the top started in the executive branch when it was introduced by President Obama.
Obama and his Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, have been the strongest advocates of Race to the Top and the Common Core standards.
The House is in charge of distributing the funds and deciding which states are deserving of monetary allotments.
The Judicial branch has yet to play a significant role in the R.T.T.T. policy. There are some who believe that it is unlawful to force every student and school to conform to common core standards.
We believe that this policy should be
We agree that schools with high achievements should be rewarded, but rewards should not be based solely on standardized test scores.
We also see a problem with the focus being on failing schools. Instead of rewarding high-achieving students for their work, they are disregarding them in favor of those who are struggling.
Teaching to the test is not a good way to get students and teachers to excel outside of school.
These were the 2010 RTTT round 2 winners. After this release, there was a great deal of speculation about how each state was chosen and what criteria teachers were being assessed on.
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