Race to the Top

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    “It is not clear whether the RTT grants improved student achievement”

    The above statement comes from a Mathematica Policy Research assessment of Race to the Top (RTT), a federal grant program that awarded more than $4 billion dollars in grants to states.  North Carolina received a $400 million grant during Round 2…
    Terry Stoops, October 26, 2016
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    Dog bites man: Federal education efforts did not work

    In their March 2016 CALDER working paper, “School Turnaround in North Carolina: A Regression Discontinuity Analysis,” Jennifer Heissel and Helen Ladd find that school turnaround efforts funded by the federal Race to the Top grant did more harm than good. Low-performing schools participating in the “Turning Around the Lowest…
    Terry Stoops, March 24, 2016
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    North Carolina’s Race to the Top grant

    Education Week provides an update on the status of federal Race to the Top grants in all states that received a grant, including North Carolina. The Race to the Top competitive grant program was tied to the adoption of Common Core, and North Carolina received its grant months…
    Terry Stoops, July 25, 2014
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    Thin-skinned DPI official complains about N&O article

    Folks at the NC Department of Public Instruction are used to receiving unwavering support from the mainstream media.  When they don’t, they complain publicly. At today’s NC State Board of Education meeting, Race to the Top director Adam Levinson complained about a December 30 News & Observer article titled, “…
    Terry Stoops, January 9, 2014
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    Three NC districts are finalists for taxpayer money giveaway

    Burke, Cabarrus, and Winston-Salem/Forsyth are finalists in the $120 million Race to the Top District (RTT-D) grant competition.  Last year, Guilford County Schools and Iredell-Statesville Schools received RTT-D grants of $29,999,985.84 and $19,999,703, respectively. RTT-D establishes a direct relationship between school districts and the federal government.  After all, dealing…
    Terry Stoops, November 19, 2013
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    Two NC districts awarded Race to the Top-District grants

    Sixteen districts, including Guilford County and Iredell-Statesville in North Carolina – will split a pot of $400 million in federal money. According to the U.S. Department of Education press release, districts will use the money “to support locally developed plans to personalize and deepen student learning, directly improve student…
    Terry Stoops, December 11, 2012
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    NC districts apply for federal grant

    The U.S. Department of Education has released a list of the school districts that have indicated an intent to compete for a federal Race to the Top grant. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction received a $400 million statewide Race to the Top grant in 2010.  This…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2012
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    CMS predicted to be in the running for federal grant

    The Obama administration has launched a Race to the Top competition for school districts (RTT-D).  School districts will compete for $400 million in federal moola. Previously, only states could apply for Race to the Top (RttT) funds.  North Carolina received a four-year, $400 million RttT grant in 2010.
    Terry Stoops, June 27, 2012