Race to the Top, RttT, is a $4.35 billion United States Department of Education program designed to spur reforms in state and local district K-12 education. It is funded by the ED Recovery Act as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and was announced by President Barack Obama on July 24, 2009.
State applications for funding were scored on selection criteria:
Great Teachers and Leaders
State Success Factors
Standards and Assessments
Data Systems to Support Instruction
Many states took actions to make their applications more competitive, and OHIO was one of these states. Unfortunately, OHIO was not accepted in the first round of states to be recognized and awarded RttT dollars. Undeterred, OHIO revised its application, represented its updated plan, and it was accepted in the 2nd round.
Coshocton City Schools application for participation was part of the initial and second round applications. Many teachers and the administration worked long hours developing a plan that would transform the district’s programs not to teach the students for today, but rather to teach for the future.
We invite you to stay informed by reading our posts about the RttT process and work within the district.