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Race to the Top

Race to the Top is a federal competitive grant program designed to reward states and districts that have made innovative education reforms. There are four types of grant programs under the Race to the Top umbrella.

Purpose: Race to the Top supports the following four education reform areas:

  • Quality Standards and Assessments. Adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and to compete in the global economy.
  • Data System to Improve Instruction. Building data systems that measure student growth and success, and inform teachers and principals about how they can improve instruction.
  • Great Teachers and Principals. Recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most.
  • Turnaround of Lowest-Achieving Schools. Turning around our lowest-achieving schools.
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