Race to the Top (a federal educational initiative)
details of the Race to the Top program from Ed.gov (US Depeartment of Education):
Program Office: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
CFDA Number: 84.395
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Through Race to the Top, we are asking States to advance reforms around four specific areas:
Adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and to compete in the global economy;
Building data systems that measure student growth and success, and inform teachers and principals about how they can improve instruction;
Recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most; and
Turning around our lowest-achieving schools.
Awards in Race to the Top will go to States that are leading the way with ambitious yet achievable plans for implementing coherent, compelling, and comprehensive education reform. Race to the Top winners will help trail-blaze effective reforms and provide examples for States and local school districts throughout the country to follow as they too are hard at work on reforms that can transform our schools for decades to come.
President Obama discusses Race to the Top:
Here’s the list of states that submitted applications to compete in Phase 1 of Race to the Top:
Please post your comments about how you read the reform goals of Race to the Top and also comment on ways that you can imagine existing or future (go ahead and dream) technologies taking education where it hasn't been and where it could go, pointing out possible benefits to arriving at these locations.