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National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance

Race to the Top (RTT), one of the Obama administration's signature programs and one of the largest federal government investments in an education grant program, received $4.35 billion in funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Through three rounds of competition in 2010 and 2011, RTT awarded grants to states that agreed to implement a range of education policies and practices designed to improve student outcomes. Using 2013 interview data from all states, this report documents whether states that received an RTT grant used the policies and practices promoted by RTT and how that compares to non-grantee states. The report also examines whether receipt of an RTT grant was related to improvements in student outcomes. Findings show that 2010 RTT grantees reported using more policies and practices than non-grantees in four areas (standards and assessments, teachers and leaders, school turnaround, and charter schools), and 2011 RTT grantees reported using more in one area (teachers and leaders). However, the relationship between RTT and student outcomes was not clear, as trends in test scores could be plausibly interpreted as providing evidence of either a positive, negative, or null effect for RTT. The following are appended: (1) Additional Figures Based on State Interviews; (2) Detailed Findings from State Interviews; (3) Interview Questions Aligned with RTT Policies and Practices; (4) Change over Time in States' Use of Policies and Practices Promoted by RTT; and (5) Relationship between RTT Reforms and Changes in Student Outcomes. [For the Executive Summary to this report, see ED569960.]

Descriptors: Federal Programs, Grants, Federal Legislation, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Academic Achievement, Interviews, Program Effectiveness, Academic Standards, Educational Assessment, Teacher Competencies, School Turnaround, Charter Schools, Leadership Qualities, Correlation, English Language Learners, Educational Change, State Regulation, National Competency Tests, Grade 4, Grade 8, Mathematics Achievement, Reading Achievement, Educational Legislation, Federal Aid

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Author: Dragoset, Lisa; Thomas, Jaime; Herrmann, Mariesa; Deke, John; James-Burdumy, Susanne; Graczewski, Cheryl; Boyle, Andrea; Tanenbaum

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=3046&id=ED569959

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