Race to the Top Fund
Program Office: Office of State Support
CFDA Number: 84.395
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Through Race to the Top, the Department ask states to advance reforms around four specific areas:
- Adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and to compete in the global economy;
- Building data systems that measure student growth and success, and inform teachers and principals about how they can improve instruction;
- Recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most; and
- Turning around our lowest-achieving schools.
Awards in Race to the Top go to States that are leading the way with ambitious yet achievable plans for implementing coherent, compelling, and comprehensive education reform. Race to the Top winners help trail-blaze effective reforms and provide examples for states and local education agencies throughout the country to follow as they too are hard at work on reforms that can transform our schools for decades to come.
Race to the Top Phase 3
Race to the Top Phase 2
Race to the Top Phase 1
Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request
In 2010, President Obama announced his plans to continue the Race to the Top challenge, requesting $1.35 billion for the program in his Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 budget.
For more information, please see the Race to the Top Program Executive Summary PDF(November 2009).(459K)