Grant Announcement: Office of Elementary & Secondary Education; Overview Information: Race to the Top Fund

Description: The Race to the Top is a $4.35 billion competitive grant program designed to encourage and reward States that are creating the conditions for education innovation and reform and implementing ambitious plans in four core education reform areas: • Adopting internationally-benchmarked standards and assessments that prepare students for success in college and the workplace; • Recruiting, developing, retaining, and rewarding effective teachers and principals; • Building data systems that measure student success and inform teachers and principals how they can improve their practices; and • Turning around lowest-performing schools The overarching goals are to: • Drive substantial gains in student achievement • Improve high school graduation rates and prepare students for success in college and careers • Close achievement gaps.

The Department plans to make Race to the Top grants in two phases. States that are ready to apply may do so in Phase 1, which will open in late 2009.

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: Fall 2019 (Phase One)
Estimated Total Program Funding: $4,350,000,000