Race To The Top
Race to the Top (part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act) is a competitive federal grant that provides significant funding to states to advance reforms around four specific areas:
- Adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and to compete in the global economy;
- Building data systems that measure student growth and success, and inform teachers and principals about how they can improve instruction;
- Recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most; and
- 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.
We want to be one of those states, and we want all Maine school systems to be a part of that transformation effort.
Four Essential Areas of Reform
- Making improvements in teacher effectiveness and ensuring that all schools have highly qualified teachers;
- Making progress toward college and career-ready standards and rigorous assessments that will improve both teaching and learning;
- Improving achievement in low-performing schools, by providing intensive support and effective interventions in schools that need them the most;
- Gathering information to improve student learning, teacher performance, and college and career-readiness through enhanced data systems that track progress.
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