Funding: Race to the Top

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Success Highways has helped me change my attitude on how I think about school.”

- Roosevelt High School Student, San Antonio, TX

What are Race to the Top grants?
Through Race to the Top, States will advance school reform 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 Turning around the lowest-achieving schools

How is Race to the Top funding distributed?
Awards will go to States that are leading the way with ambitious yet achievable plans for implementing coherent, compelling, and comprehensive education reform. States that have been awarded Race to the Top funding in 2010 include: Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Tennessee. Race to the Top winners will help trail-blaze effective reforms and provide examples for States and local school districts throughout the country. States have flexibility to distribute 50% of the Race to the Top funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that sign Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) to align their local initiatives with Race to the Top objectives and focus areas.

How can Race to the Top funding be used?
Race to the Top funding will be used across the four required areas — adopting standards and assessments to prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace, using data systems that measure student performance and assist educators in using data to make instructional decisions, ensuring effective teachers and principals, and turning around the lowest performing schools. Each awarded state has specific plans to meet Race to the Top initiatives; LEAs participating in the state’s plans will need to focus their local efforts in alignment with their respective state plans.

What ScholarCentric solutions can be part of a Race to the Top grant?
ScholarCentric’s middle and high school materials, technology, and services align well with Race to the Top funding in the following categories: curriculum and assessments aligned to Common Core Standards that help students prepare for college and the workforce, using data to measure student growth and progress, assisting educators in using data to make instructional decisions, and turning around the lowest-performing schools.

The Success Highways Resiliency Assessments measure students’ aptitude in six resiliency areas that have been shown by research to dramatically impact academic achievement. The data reports provided after students take the Success Highways Resiliency Assessments provide educators with insight into the root causes of frequent absences, poor behavior, and low grades. When viewed in combination with attendance, coursework, and behavior data, educators have a complete picture of the whole student and can initiate interventions to more effectively support students’ needs.

The Success Highways Resiliency Curriculum develops the critical resiliency skills that are scientifically linked to improved student engagement, achievement, and graduation rates. Using Success Highways early-warning assessments, educators can identify which students are at risk of academic failure and/or dropping out and why they struggle. With Success Highways Resiliency Curriculum, teachers can assure that all students gain or maintain the ability to succeed in school.

ScholarCentric’s professional development services are designed to facilitate the creation of a district- or school-wide culture of resiliency. On-site or online sessions provide educators with the knowledge, skills and confidence to use resiliency data and teach the six skills that can dramatically impact student performance.

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