Monday, January 04, 2010

'Race to Top' Viewed as Template for a New ESEA

Given that this ends up being the case, what’s concerning is that the principles don’t exactly question the current system’s overall framework and it’s effects on youth. Rather, it proposes that it merely lacks a few details, alignment, “better tests,” and consequences that states and districts didn’t initially have the capacity to include. The final section of this article also highlights the $350 million to develop better tests.

A few factors that I hope surface in the upcoming forums.


Design Principles for State Competition Signal Administration's Priorities

By Alyson Klein | Ed Week
January 4, 2010

Educators hoping for a glimpse at the next rendition of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act may want to take a close look at the rules for the Race to the Top program, which pushes states to adopt education redesign principles that federal officials say are likely to be the cornerstone of the Obama administration’s plans for a new ESEA.

The $4 billion Race to the Top competition, created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aims to reward states for making progress on a series of redesign “assurances,” including turning around low-performing schools, improving teacher quality and distribution, bolstering state data systems, and improving the use of data and assessments.

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