Race to the Top

Race to the Top (abbreviated as R2T, RTT, or RTTT) was a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to states and districts willing to make substantial changes to their educational policy in an effort to improve outcomes. This entry describes the key elements of the initial state-level R2T program and also two subsequent programs involving school districts and early childhood education. It concludes by discussing the outcomes of R2T.

Over $4.35 billion were allocated for R2T from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009. To date, R2T comprises three separate programs: the initial state competition, a district competition, and a subsequent state competition to improve early childhood education.

The R2T initiatives were unique in that they were competitive grants given to state and ...

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