January 2012 - New Race to the Top Awards; Progress Reports
Congrats to Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania as they were recently awarded a share of the $200 million in Race to the Top Round 3 fund to advance targeted K-12 reforms aimed at improving student achievement. In total, 21 states and D.C. have been awarded grants through three rounds of Race to the Top, which includes the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Fund. In addition to the seven new states awarded in Round 3, Race to the Top winners include California, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Washington.
September 29, 2011 - Race to the Top Round Three
On September 7, the U.S. Department of Education released the proposed requirements for Race to the Top round three (RTT3), a $200 million grant fund to continue State-led K-12 reform. RTT3 will invite finalists from round two—Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South Carolina—to apply for a grant that supports a portion of their previously established Race to the Top plan and includes a meaningful focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Proposed requirements for RTT3 are available in the Federal Register for public comment until October 11. To read the proposed requirements or submit a comment, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop/index.html.
In early September, 2010, the USDOE announced the winners of grant funding to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). In total, 44 states and the District of Columbia won grants to fund assessments based on common core standards. The grant requests, totaling approximately $330 million, are part of the Race to the Top (RTT) competition.
Additional news and resources of RTT funding: