Is “Race to the Top” Effective?

In my class at Portland State University, we are studying the No Child Left Behind Act (in its many iterations) and the Race to the Top Program.  We’ve discussed everything from the timing of Race to the Top to the recent(ish) changes in who can apply.  We’ve also discussed the fact that Oregon plans to reapply.    If you’re following this program and are curious about the way that a competitive grant does or doesn’t improve education in the way it intends, check out “Tennessee Teachers Find It Hard to Make the Grade.”  Let me know your thoughts on this competition model.  Can the  path to educational equity and student success be paved by winners in a race for survival of the fittest?


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