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Dawn Sahakian: Race to the Top

  1. 1. Race to the Top Department of Education S
  2. 2. Watch and listen to this clipS “It’s time to stop just talking about education reform and start actually doing it. It’s time to make education America’s national mission”S President Barack Obama, November 4, 2009
  3. 3. Race to the Top •On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This act was designed to support job creation, stimulate the economy, and invest in various areas, including education. •The ARRA provided for $4.35 billion for the Race to to the Top fund, a competitive grant program designed to encourage and reward States that are creating the conditions for education innovation and reform (as stated in the Race to the Top Programs Executive Summary)
  4. 4. Some things tothink about….Do you think a program suchas Race to the Top promotessuccess ? Does it promote“teaching to test”?What do you think JohnDewey would have thought ofthe Race to the Top program?Do you agree with DianeRavitch’s view? Read this
  5. 5. Change in Education over the past 20 years What are the As future educators, is it advantages to each of our duty to follow these methods? current teaching patterns?
  6. 6. Tell me moreRace to the Top Executive Summary It is crucial to read this summary in order to understand the full realm of this reform, including an overview of the program and the points system, eligibility requirements, and other important factors. Read it, it will help to comprehend what the program was/is aiming to do. Press Release on November 12, 2009
  7. 7. What is RTTT doing?“Race to the Top will reward states that have demonstrated success in raising student achievement and have the best plans to accelerate their reforms in the future. These States will offer models for others to follow and will spread the best reform ideas across their States, and across the country” Race to the Top Executive Summary, page 2
  8. 8. How does the funding work?Criteria for FundingS Great Teachers and Leaders (138 total points)S State Success Factors (125 total points)S Standards and Assessments (70 total points)S General Selection Criteria (55 total points)S Turning Around the Lowest-Achieving Schools (50 total points)S Data Systems to Support Instruction (47 total points)
  9. 9. RTTT v. NCLB?A Smarter Path to a "Race to the Top" in Education Reform In this article, Dan Lips explores RTTT – this article was from January 26, 2010 soon after the reform was enacted. He criticizes the reform and compares it to NCLB. What do you think? Compare and contrast RTTT to NCLB. Lips contends that states should have more say in how federal education funds get distributed. Do you agree? What would be the benefits and disadvantages of this?
  10. 10. ProgressNYS Presentation / Phase 1 / FinalistYear 1 Annual Performance ReportPhase II Information - Check out application forms and info - its quite interesting!
  11. 11. Some other views…Is RTTT “devastating”? Where is the funding coming from?S Are standardization, centralization, and test-based accountability helping S What are the positive aspects or hurting our school systems of RTTT? Can we benefit from this program? Does reform like NCLB and programs like RTTT promote cheating? Read this and decide for yourself
  12. 12. ReferencesLevine, M., & Levine, A. (2012). Education deformed: No child left behind and race to the top. this almost reads like ourbusiness plans. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82(1), 104-113. Retrieved from, D. (2010). A smarter path to race to the top in education reform. WebMemo, 2779, Retrieved from, J. (2011). Race to the top leaves children and future citizens behind. Democracy & Education, 19(2), Retrievedfrom, D. (2010, August 1). Obamas race to the top will not improve education. Huffington Post Politics, Retrieved from Department of Education, (2009). Race to the top executive summary. Retrieved from website: Department of Education, (2012). Race to the top executive summary. Retrieved from website:, M. (2012, January 22). In race to the top, the dirty work is left to those on the bottom. The New York Times.Retrieved from