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ERIC Number: ED512684
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
A Race to the Top Scorecard: How the "Great Teachers and Leaders" Assurance Area Can Help States Maximize Their Odds of Winning a "Race to the Top" Grant
National Council on Teacher Quality
Most states are now working in earnest to respond to the U.S. Department of Education's invitation for applications for the $4.35 billion "Race to the Top" fund (RTT), described by Secretary Arne Duncan as a "once in a lifetime chance to change our schools." Although the Department is clear that states must articulate a coherent and comprehensive plan across four reform areas--Standards and Assessments; Data Systems; Great Teachers and Leaders; and Turning Around Low-Achieving Schools, there is one critical take away for states to understand: The Great Teachers and Leaders area of the application is a clear make or break for states. It is the most important single assurance area in terms of points assigned. It alone can earn a state 138 points out of the 500 total points for the application, more than a quarter of the entire RTT point allocation. The Department is sending a clear message about tackling human capital reform. It recognizes that human capital is an area where bold change is needed in education, and also where states can leverage strong influence. However, there are currently few state exemplars. Human capital reform will be challenging and contentious and, to date, states have been unwilling to take it on in a comprehensive manner. It will require break the mold initiatives and iron political will on the part of states to undertake a human capital reform agenda--and, accordingly, the Department has assigned the big points and promised the big money for this tough work. The scorecard presented in this report offers smart guesses for how much various human capital strategies might be worth. Each of the five areas presented were defined by the Department and assigned various point values in the RTT notice. This paper takes their thinking a step further and assigns points for particular strategies. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Teacher Quality