Race to the Top Year Two Progress Reports Released
February 1, 2013
The Department of Education today released state-specific
progress reports for 12 grantees from the department’s Race to the Top
The RTTT is a competitive funding program for states to
advance reforms in college- and career-ready standards and assessments, data
systems to manage student growth and success, the recruitment and development
of effective teachers and turnaround for low-performing schools. The program
was authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and the
department distributed the program’s first grants in 2010.
The reports released today highlight the progress each grantee
has made in the second year since receiving an RTTT grant, as well as goals for
year three of the program. While states did make progress in some areas of
their proposals, there were also areas in which they fell short of their goals
For instance, the state of Hawaii was able to improve
student proficiency on the state’s English language arts and mathematics
assessments from the 2010-2011 school year to the 2011-2012 school year. The state, however, was unable to come to an
agreement on teacher effectiveness evaluations, which has left it labeled as a high-risk
program by the U.S. Department of Education for the second year in a row.
On the other hand, the state of Ohio has been able to
implement pilot evaluation programs, transition the state’s curriculum to the
Common Core State Standards and create a state high school and higher education
committee to align college and career standards with college and university
entrance requirements. Remaining challenges in the state are data integration,
student test scores and communication between the state and local educational
Each state’s progress varies based on their individual state
reform plans and a variety of outside influences. States receiving RTTT grants
continually work with the Department of Education to adjust and improve their
reform plans on an individual basis.
CTE Policy Watch Blog
Administration’s Budget Proposal Restores Sequester Cut to CTE Funding but Still Falls Short of Need
Earlier today, the Obama Administration released its budget proposal
for FY 2014. This document, normally released in February but delayed
due to the other fiscal issues in play this spring, outlines the
Administration's spending priorities for the coming year.
Duncan Talks 2014 Budget on Capitol Hill
Following the release of President Obama’s Fiscal Year
(FY) 2014 budget request on Wednesday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
appeared before the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
Appropriations Subcommittee to defend the Administration’s plan for funding
education in the coming fiscal year.
In the budget proposal, the Administration suggests
funding Perkins at 1.1 billion, equal to FY 2012 levels, before sequestration.
Additionally, the budget proposes a $10 million increase for the National
Programs line item which is designated for a new dual enrollment program
focused on career preparation.
Despite requests for an overall increase in education
funding, the Administration's budget does not prioritize additional investments
to meet the growing needs in CTE. During the hearing on Thursday, both
Republican and Democratic members of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations
subcommittee expressed apprehensions about the Administration’s strong focus on
increasing funding for competitive grant programs. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT),
ranking-member of the subcommittee, talked about her concern for formula-funded
education programs, like Perkins, which largely did not receive increases in
funding. “The emphasis on competitive funding I find troubling,” said DeLauro.
“What is need is steady secure funding for all of our schools to move toward
improvement.” Federal investments in education must be directed to those areas
with a proven track record of success that provide all students with equal
access and opportunity.
Members of the subcommittee will now begin to draft an
appropriations bill that will fund Perkins in FY 2014. Let Congress know that
it is time to make investing in Perkins a