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Program Description

Program Office: Office of Innovation and Improvement
CFDA Numbers: 84.416
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants

The Race to the Top-District program supports bold, locally directed improvements in learning and teaching that will directly improve student achievement. Program grantees serve as innovation laboratories, advancing new ways to educate our students through a personalized approach. The Race to the Top-District competition invited applicants to demonstrate how they can personalize education for all students in their schools. The Race to the Top-District program is aimed squarely at classrooms and the all-important relationship between educators and students. LEAs and consortia of LEAs that have received awards are building on the lessons learned from and the progress of States and districts in implementing reforms in the four core educational assurance areas through Race to the Top and other key programs. Grantees are providing teachers the information, tools, and supports that enable them to meet the needs of each student and substantially accelerate and deepen each student's learning. These LEAs are making equity and access a priority and aim to prepare each student to master the content and skills required for college- and career-readiness, provide each student the opportunity to pursue a rigorous course of study, and accelerate and deepen students' learning through attention to their individual needs. Through this program, LEAs are creating opportunities for students to identify and pursue areas of personal academic interest—all while ensuring that each student masters critical areas identified in college- and career-ready standards or college- and career-ready high school graduation requirements.

FY 2013 Race to the Top - District Competition


The Department is pleased to announce the winners of the FY 2013 Race to the Top - District Competition. Follow the links below to learn more about the competition.

  • Press Release announcing the winners
  • Winning applications
  • Finalist applications
  • All applications
  • The Review Process (PDF, 432KB)

    FY 2012 Race To The Top - District Competition (Last Year's Competition)

    Competition Information, Application Review, Technical Assistance

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    Last Modified: 02/20/2015