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July 29, 2014

Race to the Top Is Five Years Old, But Did It Actually Improve Student Achievement?

At the time Race the Top was first rolled out, some researchers noted that many of the policies it favored, especially boosting charter and evaluating teachers based on test scores, didn't have a strong scientific base to back them up.

July 28, 2014

3 Lessons Learned from Race to the Top

Stephanie Hirsh considers the federal Race to the Top initiative and how it may advance stakeholders' understanding of and support for effective professional learning.

July 24, 2014

Race to the Top, Wasn't

We've just marked the fifth anniversary of Race to the Top, the Obama administration's signature education initiative. When launched, the $4.35 billion competition drew bipartisan cheers and was lauded as an example of getting school reform right. Five years on, I see it more as a monument to paper promises, bureaucratic ineptitude, and federal overreach.

July 17, 2014

Some Race to Top States Tinker With Teacher Evaluations

Several Race to the Top states are tweaking their implementation of new teacher-evaluation policies adopted as part of the promises made in their applications.

July 15, 2014

Playing Politics at Teachers' Union Conventions

The two national teachers' unions played some serious politics during their recent annual conferences, including calling for the resignation of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

June 23, 2014

How Much Leverage Does Arne Duncan Still Have Over Race to the Top States?

It's a timely question, given that there's been a lot of action in Race to the Top states over the last week that could spark big changes to states' overall plans.

June 18, 2014

Teacher Evaluation Changes Could Cost New York a Slice of Its Race to the Top Grant

The Empire State could lose nearly $300 million if the state follows through on a proposal to put off incorporating test scores from common-core-aligned exams in teacher evaluation.

June 13, 2014

Some Race to the Top 'Silver Medal' Winners Behind on Promises

Three of the four states that won second-round Race to the Top grants seem to be sailing along, while four other states have seen more significant delays and course-corrections.

June 12, 2014

Delay in Education Appropriations Process Angers Republicans

The Senate committee responsible for funding education has postponed the markup up of its federal fiscal 2015 spending bill, and Republicans are angry.

June 10, 2014

U.S. Senate Spending Panel Zeroes Out Race to the Top Proposal

The Obama administration's proposal for a new iteration of the Race to the Top program aimed at bolstering educational equity, was rejected by Senate Democrats on a spending subcommittee Tuesday.

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