ERIC Number: ED508076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
The Historic Opportunity to Get College Readiness Right: The Race to the Top Fund and Postsecondary Education. Race to the Top: Accelerating College and Career Readiness in States
Passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the creation of the Race to the Top (RTTT) Fund in early 2009 provide states (SEAs) and local school districts (LEAs) with an historic opportunity to develop and implement dramatic reforms to improve the rate at which students graduate ready for college and careers. This brief is designed to identify ways in which the postsecondary education community can support states and local school districts as they develop RTTT plans that will drive dramatic reforms. As RTTT proposals are designed, collaboration amongst stakeholders will be essential to sustain broad-based support. While many of the suggestions in this paper may seem apparent, it remains clear that, in many instances, state leaders have yet to act upon them. Many states are facing significant shortages in the capacity and expertise necessary to develop and implement innovative reforms around the four RTTT assurances. In the following sections, Achieve briefly outlines how the U.S. Department of Education will evaluate states on their plans in each assurance area and provides recommendations for postsecondary institutions and leaders to engage with the state's RTTT application process--and, if successful, to implement dramatic, sustainable reform.
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Educational Change, School Districts, Public Agencies, Federal Government, Education, Colleges, Higher Education, Evaluation, Cooperation, High Schools, High School Students, Partnerships in Education, Academic Achievement, Professional Development
Achieve, Inc. 1775 Eye Street NW Suite 410, Washington, DC 20006. Tel: 202-419-1540; Fax: 202-828-0911; Web site: http://www.achieve.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Achieve, Inc.
Identifiers - Location: California