Report on Race to the Top Phase 3 Grantees Released

by Ernie Melcher

The U.S. Department of Education recently released a new report that summarizes the progress made by the seven states that received Race to the Top Phase 3 grants: Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
The Race to the Top program is a competitive four-year grant program designed to encourage and reward states that are creating the conditions for education innovation and reform; achieving significant improvement in student outcomes, including making substantial gains in student achievement, closing achievement gaps, and improving high school graduation rates; and ensuring students are prepared for success in college and careers. Race to the Top Phase 3 focuses on supporting efforts for comprehensive statewide reform, while also improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

Grantees are accountable for the implementation of their approved Race to the Top plans, and the information and data gathered throughout the program review process help to inform the Department’s management and support of the Race to the Top grantees, as well as provide appropriate and timely updates to the public on their progress. This report serves as an assessment of Phase 3 States’ implementation of Race to the Top during Year 3. For Phase 3 States in Years 1 and 2, the Department published individual State-specific summary reports. For Year 3, the Department is issuing one report that summarizes Race to the Top implementation across all Phase 3 States.

The report, Race to the Top: Phase 3 Grantees — Year 3, is available at

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