Race to the Top Winners by the Numbers

The following is a list of facts about winners in Rounds I and II of Race to the Top (RTTT): 12 Number of winning states 7 Number of winning states that received Race to the Top technical assistance grants from the Gates Foundation technical assistance…

Try, Try Again: Race to the Top Round III?

As we reported last month, Congress is working to appropriate new money for a possible Round III of Race to the Top to take place in 2011.  Although the pot of funds is likely to be significantly less than the Obama administration has requested–and tremendously…

Race to the Top: Mississippi Results, At Least We Beat Alabama

The U.S. Department of Education announced the ten winners of Race to the Top Round II on August 24.  Joining Tennessee and Delaware in the winners’ circle were the District of Columbia (450), Florida (453), Georgia (447), Hawaii (463), Maryland (450, Massachusetts (471), New York…

Mississippi’s Race to the Top

Mississippi’s Statewide Advisory Committee for Race to the Top met today in Jackson to discuss MDE’s draft application.  There is a tremendous amount of work to do between now and June 1, the Round II application deadline.  A lot of the ideas presented were concepts…

Round 1 Race to the Top Scores and Comments Released

After the announcement of winners today, the U.S. Department of Education released the scores and comments of Round 1 applicants. The scoring sheets indicate that if the Department had awarded grants to the top 5 states, the other three winners would have been Georgia, Florida,…

Race to the Top Winners Leaked; Announcement at Noon Central

Tennessee and Delaware!  That’s what EdWeek reports today on their Politics K-12 blog.  The official announcement will be at 1 P.M. Eastern/Noon Central.  When I saw Secretary Duncan on Thursday, he re-iterated that he was setting a very, very high bar.  No joke! Now comes…

Race to the Top Article in EdWeek

Check out this article from EdWeek about how Race to the Top winners will be decided.  Of particular interest to me is the 7-10 pages of comments applicants will get from EACH reviewer that will “serve as a roadmap for Phase 2.” Mississippi is going…