Nearly $400 Million Is at Stake in the 2012 Race to the Top–District Competition

 

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KEY DATES

  • Technical Assistance Webinars
    • Overview of the Race to the Top - District Competition: August 16 or 21, 2012
  • Intent to Apply Due: August 30, 2012
  • Application Due: October 30, 2012
  • Grant Award Announcements: December 2012

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for a grant under this competition: (a) An applicant must be an individual LEA (as defined in the notice) or a consortium of LEAs from the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
(i) LEAs may apply for all or a portion of their schools, for specific grades, or for subject-area bands (e.g., lowest-performing schools, secondary schools, schools connected by a feeder pattern, middle school math, or preschool through third grade).
(ii) Consortia may include LEAs from multiple States.
(iii) Each LEA may participate in only one Race to the Top – District application. (b) An applicant must serve a minimum of 2,000 participating students (as defined in the notice) or may serve fewer than 2,000 participating students (as defined in the notice) provided those students are served by a consortium of at least 10 LEAs and at least 75 percent of the students served by each LEA are participating students (as defined in the notice). (c) At least 40 percent of participating students (as defined in the notice) across all participating schools (as defined in the notice) must be students from low-income families, based on eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch subsidies under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, or other poverty measures that LEAs use to make awards under section 1113(a) of the ESEA. If an applicant has not identified all participating schools (as defined in the notice) at the time of application, it must provide an assurance that within 100 days of the grant award it will meet this requirement. (d) An applicant must demonstrate its commitment to the core educational assurance areas (as defined in the notice), including, for each LEA included in an application, an assurance signed by the LEA’s superintendent or CEO that—
(i) The LEA, at a minimum, will implement no later than the 2014-2015 school year— (A) A teacher evaluation system (as defined in the notice); (B) A principal evaluation system (as defined in the notice); and (C) A superintendent evaluation (as defined in the notice);
(ii) The LEA is committed to preparing all students for college or career, as demonstrated by—
(A) Being located in a State that has adopted college- and career-ready standards (as defined in the notice); or (B) Measuring all student progress and performance against college- and career- ready graduation requirements (as defined in the notice);
(iii) The LEA has a robust data system that has, at a minimum— (A) An individual teacher identifier with a teacher-student match; and (B) The capability to provide timely data back to educators and their supervisors on student growth (as defined in the notice);
(iv) The LEA has the capability to receive or match student level preschool through 12th grade and higher education data; and (v) The LEA ensures that any disclosure of or access to personally identifiable information in students’ education records complies with FERPA.
(e) Required signatures for the LEA or lead LEA in a consortium are those of the superintendent or CEO, local school board president, and local teacher union or association president (where applicable).

ABSOLUTE PRIORITIES

Absolute Priority 1: Personalized Learning Environments. To meet this priority, an applicant must coherently and comprehensively address how it will build on the core educational assurance areas (as defined in the notice) to create learning environments that are designed to significantly improve learning and teaching through the personalization of strategies, tools, and supports for students and educators that are aligned with college- and career-ready standards (as defined in the notice) or college- and career- ready graduation requirements (as defined in the notice); accelerate student achievement and deepen student learning by meeting the academic needs of each student; increase the effectiveness of educators; expand student access to the most effective educators; decrease achievement gaps across student groups; and increase the rates at which students graduate from high school prepared for college and careers.

Absolute Priority 2: Non-Rural LEAs in Race to the Top States. To meet this priority, an applicant must be an LEA or a consortium of LEAs in which more than 50 percent of participating students (as defined in the notice) are in non-rural LEAs in States that received awards under the Race to the Top Phase 1, Phase 2, or Phase 3 competition.

Absolute Priority 3: Rural LEAs in Race to the Top States. To meet this priority, an applicant must be an LEA or a consortium of LEAs in which more than 50 percent of participating students (as defined in the notice) are in rural LEAs (as defined in the notice) in States that received awards under the Race to the Top Phase 1, Phase 2, or Phase 3 competition.

Absolute Priority 4: Non-Rural LEAs in non-Race to the Top States. To meet this priority, an applicant must be an LEA or a consortium of LEAs in which more than 50 percent of participating students (as defined in the notice) are in non-rural LEAs in States that did not receive awards under the Race to the Top Phase 1, Phase 2, or Phase 3 competition.

Absolute Priority 5: Rural LEAs in non-Race to the Top States. To meet this priority, an applicant must be an LEA or a consortium of LEAs in which more than 50 percent of participating students (as defined in the notice) are in rural LEAs (as defined in the notice) in States that did not receive awards under the Race to the Top Phase 1, Phase 2, or Phase 3 competition.