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Don’t Teach to the Test, But Tie Teacher Pay To Performance?

image002Race to the Top, NCLB’s replacement, is a $4.35 billion competitive grant program for states (and a part of the $100 billion in education aid in the $787 billion recovery act passed by Congress in February). Criteria include:

  • Developing and adopting common standards
  • Developing and implementing common, high-quality assessments
  • Fully implementing a statewide longitudinal data system
  • Providing alternative pathways for aspiring teachers and principals
  • Intervening in the lowest-performing schools and LEAs
  • Increasing the supply of high-quality charter schools
  • Demonstrating significant progress (on standards, data, teaching quality, struggling schools, and achievement)
  • Making education funding a priority
  • Enlisting statewide support and commitment
  • Supporting transition to enhanced standards and high-quality assessments
  • Accessing and using state data
  • Using data to improve instruction
  • Differentiating teacher and principal effectiveness based on performance
  • Ensuring equitable distribution of effective teachers and principals
  • Reporting the effectiveness of teacher and principal preparation programs
  • Providing effective support to teachers and principals
  • Turning around struggling schools
  • Raising achievement and closing gaps
  • Building strong statewide capacity to implement, scale, and sustain proposed plans

The crux of Race to the Top is being able to link teacher and student data. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in an interview. “We believe great teachers matter tremendously. When you’re reluctant or scared to make that link, you do a grave disservice to the teaching profession and to our nation’s children.” The National Education Association has withdrawn its support for Obama’s plan, saying it cannot support endorsing the use of test scores for evaluating teachers.

If you were your state’s Education Chief, would you invest the projected 650-hours required to complete the application? Here’s what you need to know.

Teacher Magazine: What Teachers Need to Know About Race to the Top

As states continue the scramble for education dollars this year, teachers may hear frequent references to a federal grant program called “Race to the Top.” What exactly does it mean for classroom educators?

The Race to the Top Fund, part of the Obama administration’s economic stimulus package, is a $4.35 billion competitive grant program for states, administered by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to encourage states to make coordinated, large-scale education improvement efforts across a number of policy areas that the Education Department sees as key. (more)

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