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Florida makes strides in Race to the Top efforts



Only a year ago, Florida was on the U.S. Department of Education's watch list for its slow implementation of its Race to the Top grant.

Now, it's one of five states the USDOE is complimenting for making significant strides toward accomplishing the goals set forth in proposals to overhaul instruction and learning. Other states noted by the department are Delaware, Massachusetts, New York and Ohio.

Florida was one of 11 states and the District of Columbia to receive a RTTT grant in the first year of the Obama administration's initiative to press states to change their standards, teacher evaluations and testing programs, among other things, with a goal of making the schools more competitive.

"Florida has made encouraging progress toward implementing its plan, and we want to see that growth accelerate in the second half of the grant," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a prepared statement. "We will continue to work closely with Florida to ensure they are enacting reforms that will improve student achievement and empower teachers to prepare all students for college and careers." 

See the department's evaluation of Florida's work in the second year of its Race to the Top grant attached below. For more information, read this Associated Press story.

[Last modified: Friday, February 1, 2013 8:39am]


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