The US Department of Education has posted a draft executive summary of the draft requirements, priorities, selection criteria, and definitions for the Race to the Top District (RTT-D) competition. According to the Department, the RTT-D competition “will build on the lessons learned from the State-level competitions and support bold, locally directed improvements in teaching and learning that will directly improve student achievement and teacher effectiveness. More specifically, Race to the Top District will reward those LEAs that have the leadership and vision to implement the strategies, structures and systems of support to move beyond one-size–fits-all models of schooling, which have struggled to produce excellence and equity for all children, to personalized, student-focused approaches to teaching and learning that will use collaborative, data-based strategies and 21st century tools to deliver instruction and supports tailored to the needs and goals of each student, with the goal of enabling all students to graduate college- and career-ready.”
Applicants must be LEAs (including charter LEAs) serving at least 2,500 students. Local Education Agencies may apply as a consortium which may include LEAs across one or more states. Additionally, at least 40% of participating students across all participating schools must be from low income families (using free and reduced lunch criteria).
Applications must meet Absolute Priority 1 and one of Absolute Priorities 2:
Absolute Priority 1, Personalized Learning Environment(s)
Absolute Priority 2, LEAs in Race to the Top States
Absolute Priority 3, Rural LEAs in Race to the Top States
Absolute Priority 4, LEAs in non-Race to the Top States
Absolute Priority 5, Rural LEAs in non-Race to the Top States
You can read more and submit your comments here: http://www.ed.gov/race-top/district-competition. And stay tuned for further NAPCS analysis.