Report: No states seizing potential in Race to the Top
This week two federal reports came out from the U.S. Department of Education that revealed which states are, and are not, living up to Race to the Top standards in the three years since the federal grant program went into effect.
In total, 11 states and the District of Columbia are listed in the report and they are the ones that have been in the program since its inception in 2010. In total, 24 states and D.C. have benefited from the program designed to create incentives for educational improvements.
Though some states show improvement, in general the report found that no one is living up to Race to the Top potential yet. Increases in test scores in places like Maryland led to positive marks, while slow implementation of improved teacher evaluations or Common Core requirements tended to bring places like New York and D.C. down.
In a press release from the Department of Education, Secretary Arne Duncan wrote:
In the third year of the program, states were able to shift to developing more tools, resources and supports for school districts and educators to strengthen their skills and build their capacity to tackle some of the toughest work in education. We know this work isn’t easy, but what has been most encouraging is that state and district leaders have had the courage to put these plans into action, and teachers and principals have shown up day after day with the same goal that we all share: making sure every single student is prepared to be successful in college and in their careers.
Since the first awards came out in 2010, Race to the Top has provided over $5 billion in three phases to support learning improvements.