The New Teacher Project (TNTP) recently assembled a PowerPoint presentation to help education leaders and policymakers pursue Race to the Top reforms. “Interpreting Race to the Top” includes:
1. A succinct summary of Race to the Top application and selection criteria;
2. An analysis of each of the four Race to the Top “assurances”: standards, data systems, great teachers and leaders, and school turnarounds;
3. Practical questions for districts and states to ask as they assess their progress and plans; and
4. Preliminary analysis of each state’s current competitiveness for funding, given its existing policy framework.
The recommended checklist for states and districts available in TNTP’s PowerPoint may be very useful in helping states and districts identify their current competitiveness for funding. It raises key questions about what elements in states’ current policy frameworks may benefit or inhibit them as they pursue Race to the Top reforms.
For additional guidance on Race to the Top, view SMHC’s “State and District Roadmaps to Federal ‘Race to the Top’ Proposals,” available here.