Rating Systems Seen Crucial in New Race to Top Bids
The U.S. Department of Education, which is now accepting applications for the $500 million Race to the Top early-learning competition , is telegraphing what it deems the most important part of improving early-childhood programs in a state: developing a public rating system.
Through rules released by the department last week, states now know what it will take for them to win awards of up to $100 million each, grants made possible by a congressional budget deal reached in April.
The overall goal of the competition, said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a telephone briefing with reporters last week, is to make sure “many, many more children enter...
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