How Are Race to the Top States Doing in Year Two?

Editor's note: This post was originally published on the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education.

In only two years, the 12 states with Race to the Top grants continue to show improvements in teaching and learning in their schools. Last week, the U.S. Department of Education released state-specific reports for the 12 Race to the Top states, providing detailed, transparent summaries of each state’s accomplishments and challenges in year two, which covered the 2011-12 school year.

The 12 states—Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Tennessee—reached a number of benchmarks in year two, as they implemented unique plans built around Race to the Top’s four assurance areas:

  • Implementing college- and career-ready standards and assessments,
  • Building robust data systems to improve instruction,
  • Supporting great teachers and school leaders, and
  • Turning around persistently low-performing schools.

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