Dept of Ed Announces 'Race to the Top' Finalists

Published: March 4, 2010

The Department of Education announced March 4 that 15 states and the District of Columbia will advance as finalists for phase 1 of the Race to the Top competition.

States competing for Race to the Top funds were asked to document past education reform successes, as well as outline plans to extend reforms using college and career-ready standards and assessments; build a workforce of highly effective educators; create educational data systems to support student achievement; and turn around their lowest-performing schools.

The phase 1 finalists are:

  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

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The 16 finalists were chosen from among the 40 states and the District of Columbia that submitted applications for phase 1. Winners for phase 1 will be chosen from among the 16 finalists and announced in April. Applications for phase 2 will be due on June 1 of this year, with finalists announced in August and winners in September. The only states prohibited from applying in phase 2 are those that receive awards in phase 1.

Race to the Top is the Department’s $4.35 billion effort to re-shape America’s educational system to better engage and prepare U.S. students for success in a competitive 21st century economy and workplace.

To read the full press release, click here.

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