Race to the Top

Education news, analysis, and opinion about the federal grant program to states that encouraged education reform from 2010 to 2013.
Federal Betsy DeVos: My COVID-19 Competitive Grants Aren't Like Race to the Top at All
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos tells EdWeek opinion blogger Rick Hess her new competitive grants are "not even a little bit" like the Obama administration's Race to the Top program. Let's examine that claim.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 14, 2020
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Education Funding Report Roundup Early Childhood
Early-childhood-education programs increasingly use quality rating systems, but it's not clear how much the ratings are helping them to improve, finds an evaluation by the research firm Mathematica.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 7, 2019
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Education Funding Commentary Teacher Evaluation Is Stuck in the Past
Race to the Top is over, but the initiative is still driving teacher-evaluation policies and priorities, write two professors.
Rachael E. Gabriel & Sarah L. Woulfin, May 15, 2018
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Federal Ed. Sec. Bus Tour: From Early Education Through College
U.S. Secretary of Education John King kicked off a bus tour Monday that will go through six states and eleven cities and towns, ending in New Orleans on Friday at a charter school that has seen a significant turnaround.
Alyson Klein, September 12, 2016
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Education Funding Free Teaching Website Expands on EngageNY's Mission
The new nonprofit, known as UnboundEd, is offering teachers free common-core-aligned curricular materials and paid professional development.
Liana Loewus, May 31, 2016
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Education Funding Letter to the Editor Policies, Not Administrators, to Blame for Teacher-Evaluation System
To the Editor:
Charlotte Danielson's Commentary included many good ideas about teacher development ("It's Time to Rethink Teacher Evaluation").
May 31, 2016
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Education Funding Report Roundup Race to Top Grants Spur Mixed Successes for Seven States
With the crush of news about the Every Student Succeeds Act, Race to the Top may not be as high-profile as it once was—but states can learn from the competitive-grant program, according to a new U.S. Department of Education report.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 31, 2016
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Student Well-Being Opinion Another Brick in the (Data) Wall
We used to believe, as public educators, that our product was our students--their eventual contribution as advanced scholars, civic-minded community members, and part of the labor force. All of that has changed. Our product now is publicly displayed test scores. Our data.
Nancy Flanagan, May 25, 2016
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Education Funding New Analysis of States' Race to the Top Work Released by Ed. Department
States reported both successes and struggles in work funded by the Race to the Top competitive-grant program, a U.S. Department of Education report says.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 23, 2016
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Lori Smith (left) and Heather Hobbs (right), two teacher leaders in the Kingsport, Tenn., school district, participate in a common-core training session in Kingsport in 2014.
Lori Smith (left) and Heather Hobbs (right), two teacher leaders in the Kingsport, Tenn., school district, participate in a common-core training session in Kingsport in 2014.
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Education Funding A Tennessee District Perseveres in Wake of Online-Testing Woes
The state pulled the plug on new online tests aligned to the common core, but school leaders in Kingsport, Tenn., see it as a temporary setback in implementing the news standards and assessments.
Lauren Camera, February 29, 2016
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Education Funding Commentary With ESSA Passage, Delaware Offers Lessons
Paul Herdman of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware checks in where his state is after RTTT and how the state's education plan can serve as a model for other states responding to ESSA's reduction of federal oversight.
Paul Herdman, January 5, 2016
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Education Funding Ed. Dept. Report Touts Race To Top Program's Impact
A new study focuses on progress under the Obama administration's signature education- redesign program, but touches only lightly on stumbles and controversies.
Andrew Ujifusa, December 1, 2015
6 min read
Standards What the Ed. Dept.'s New Race to the Top Report Reveals, and What It Avoids
The Education Department says all states in the competitive-grant program made progress toward their goals, but makes little mention of areas where they stumbled or backtracked.
Andrew Ujifusa, November 12, 2015
10 min read
John B. King Jr., will take over on an acting basis from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who leaves office in December.
John B. King Jr., will take over on an acting basis from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who leaves office in December.
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Education Funding Less Leverage Awaits Official to Step In as Ed. Dept. Head
John B. King Jr., who has been filling the duties of deputy federal education secretary, shares policy priorities with those of outgoing Secretary Arne Duncan.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 12, 2015
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