Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education announced 61 finalists, representing more than 200 school districts, in the Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) competition. Finalists represent a mix of urban, rural and suburban school districts including both traditional and charter schools and were chosen from 372 applications the Department received in November.
This program will provide approximately $400 million to “support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student for success in college and careers,” according to the U.S. Department of Education.
From this list of finalists, the Department is expected to select 15-25 applications for four-year awards that will range from $5 million to $40 million. Awards will be announced by December 31, 2012.
This is the Administration’s latest iteration of its signature policy, Race to the Top which was originally created to drive states to adopt education reforms – such as adopting college and career standards and creating new teacher evaluation systems.
Last month, CEC issued its Position on Special Education Teacher Evaluation to assist the field in addressing the complexity of creating and implementing teacher evaluation systems that address the roles of special and gifted educators.