Race To The Top
Since Race to the Top was launched, schools across the country have adopted new, rigorous education standards, implemented stringent teacher evaluation systems and are developing data collection systems to better inform instruction.
Maryland made important steps in the third year of implementing its $250 million Race to the Top education grant, but the state also faced multiple challenges, a U.S. Education Department report said Wednesday.
The Maryland State Department of Education says it has approved teacher and principal evaluation plans in 21 Maryland school systems, clearing the way for the state to receive $250 million in federal funds.
About 400 western Maryland public school teachers are gathering in Hagerstown for a three-day meeting aimed at helping poor students do better.
Federal education officials say some Maryland “Race to the Top” programs were delayed by hiring troubles in the first year of the initiative, but the state is “well-positioned” for a second year and beyond.
State Schools Superintendent Nancy Grasmick says half of the $250 million Maryland received in federal “Race to the Top” funds remain with the state board to help local school systems reach reform goals.