The top 16 finalists in the “Race to the Top” competition, held by the United States Department of Education have been announced. The competition is an effort to reward innovation in the field of education and incorporate that innovation into nationwide programs with the ultimate goal of making students better prepared for success in the economy and workplace of the 21st century.
According to the Department of Education web site, 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. You know I’m loving the fact that Louisiana made it, don’t you? Of course you do. I’m sort of surprised that none of the Western states made it though. Hmmm.
The phase one finalists are Continue reading