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Race to the Top Policy 1
The Race to the Top Policy
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Race to the Top (RTTT, R2T, or RTT) is a multibillion competitive grant given to the
U.S Department of Education to support education innovation and reform in local district as well
as state K-12 education. Initially, the program was funded $4.35 billion and was provided for by
the Ed Recovery Act. It was launched by the then President Barrack Obama and Arne Duncan,
who was the Secretary of Education, on 24
th
July, 2009. The stated goal of the policy was to
develop conditions for education reform and innovation. Under this umbrella, objectives include
rewarding and encouraging states by awarding points for carrying out performance-based
evaluations for principals and teachers based on several measures that determine educator
effectiveness, enacting various education policies, adoption of standards common to all
institutions, developing and making use of data systems, as well as implementing policies not
prohibiting expanding of charter schools of high quality. This paper evaluates the Race to the
Top policy initiative.
The policy is relevant in that the rewards provided to states that implement innovative
reforms to their education sector acts as incentive to other states to do the same, thereby
improving the quality of education provided in the schools. The four key areas of the policy are:
development of better assessments and rigorous standards, adoption of data systems that provide
parents, teachers, and schools with information about the progress of a student, support for
school leaders as well as teachers to increase their effectiveness, and increased resources and
emphasis for the interventions required to turn around the schools with the lowest performance
(Rabe, B. (2006). This policy is aimed at improving the quality of education by also bringing in
innovative ideas and reforms in education to the table. With this, students are more likely to
develop an open minded way of tackling problems leading to a wider scope of view for
challenges presented to them in life.

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Race to the Top Policy 1 The Race to the Top Policy Name of the Student Institution Course Race to the Top Policy 2 Race to the Top (RTTT, R2T, or RTT) is a multibillion competitive grant given to the U.S Department of Education to support education innovation and reform in local district as well as state K-12 education. Initially, the program was funded $4.35 billion and was provided for by the Ed Recovery Act. It was launched by the then President Barrack Obama and Arne Duncan, who was the Secretary of Education, on 24th July, 2009. The stated goal of the policy was to develop conditions for education reform and innovation. Under this umbrella, objectives include rewarding and encouraging states by awarding points for carrying out performance-based evaluations for principals and teachers based on several measures that determine educator effectiveness, enacting various education policies, adoption of standards common to all institutions, developing and making use of data systems, as well as implementing policies not prohibiting expanding of charter schools of high quality. This paper evaluates the Race to the Top policy initiative. The policy is relevant in that the rewards provided to states that implement innovative reforms to their education sector acts as incentive to other states to do the same, thereby improving the quality of education provided in the schools. The four key areas of the policy are: development of better assessments and rigorous standards, adoptio ...
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