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August 2, 2013

Six States Awarded Supplemental Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grants

The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin will each receive a supplemental award from the 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant fund to improve quality and expand access to early learning programs throughout their states.

March 27, 2013

U.S. Department of Education Officials to Visit Kentucky to Learn How Race to the Top Grants are Helping to Make a Difference in Rural Schools

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach John White will learn how the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top grant program is making a difference in rural schools in Kentucky during his visit on Wednesday, March 27.

February 1, 2013

States Continue Progress During Second Year of Race to the Top

Today the U.S. Department of Education released state-specific reports for 12 Race to the Top grantees, detailing their progress on transforming education at the local level.

August 12, 2012

Education Department Invites Districts to Apply for $400 Million Race to the Top Competition to Support Classroom-Level Reform Efforts

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it has finalized the application for the 2012 Race to the Top-District competition, which will provide nearly $400 million to support school districts in implementing local reforms that will personalize learning, close achievement gaps and take full advantage of 21st century tools that prepare each student for college and their careers.

May 25, 2012

Chief of Staff Joanne Weiss to Keynote Ohio Race to the Top Symposium

U.S. Department of Education Chief of Staff Joanne Weiss will join more than 2,000 Ohio educators and school personnel in Columbus on Friday, May 25, for the Statewide Educator Evaluation Symposium.

May 22, 2012

The Race to the Top District Competition

We all know that the real work of educating children happens in the classroom among teachers and students in partnership with strong principals and involved parents.

May 22, 2012

District-Level Race to the Top to Focus on the Classroom, Provide Tools to Enhance Learning and Serve the Needs of Every Student

The U.S. Department of Education announced today proposed criteria for the 2012 Race to the Top program—a nearly $400 million competition that invites school districts to create plans for individualized classroom instruction aimed at closing achievement gaps and preparing each student for college and career.


Achievement gap: The difference in the performance between each ESEA subgroup (as defined in this document) within a participating LEA or school and the statewide average performance of the LEA's or State's highest achieving subgroups in reading/language arts and mathematics as measured by the assessments required under the ESEA.

Program Requirements

  1. Budget requirements: For the Race to the Top District competition, the applicants' budget must conform to the following budget ranges:

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