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A Race To the Top

Posted by Admin On February - 7 - 2010

RACE-TO-THE-TOPPer the description of the discretionary grant for Race To The Top the following is noted.  States are being asked to advance reforms in four areas.  They are per the grant proposal:

(1)  Adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and to compete in the global economy; (2)  Building data systems that measure student growth and success, and inform teachers and principals about how they can improve instruction; (3)  Recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most; and  (4)  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 says the description in the Education Department’s mandates. 

We are now near the end and beginning of the Race to the Top.  The end represents the deadlines for state proposals to be submitted, and the beginning for the selection and work to begin for change.

This is a good effort and the results will be measured by results over prescribed benchmark timelines.  Yet in all of this, other changes must occur simultaneous to education goals.  Both parents and students play a part in the success or failure.  How invested has each been in the process.  Even when requests to participate through community hearings and Board of Education meetings are out there, opportunities are not challenged.  Shame on those who do not use the chance to understand and know what is available and praise for those who choose to become involve.  Either way, both participation and the non-participation will play apart in the end game and who gets to the top of the stack.  To read more about this check out the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)

At the same time, it is important that parents and students arm themselves with any and all information that will enhance the education experience.  Look below at this material.


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