Race to the Top--District (Grants)


  • Type: Foundations
  • Category: Not Stated
  • Source: U.S Dept. Of Education


  • Award Min: $4,000,000.00
  • Award Max: $30,000,000.00
  • Quantity: Between 5 and 10


  • Deadline: Oct 03, 2013
  • Funding Available: Not Stated
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These eligibility requirements are from the FY 2013 Race to the
Top--District NFP, published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal
Register. We may apply one or more of these eligibility requirements in
any year in which this program is in effect.
(1) Eligible applicants: To be eligible for a grant under this
(a) An applicant must be an individual LEA (as defined in this
notice) or a consortium of individual LEAs from one of the 50 States,
the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
(i) LEAs may apply for all or a portion of their schools, for
specific grades, or for subject-area bands (e.g., lowest-performing
schools, secondary schools, schools connected by a feeder pattern,
middle school math, or preschool through third grade).
(ii) Consortia may include LEAs from multiple States.
(iii) Each LEA may participate in only one Race to the Top--
District application. Successful applicants (i.e., grantees) from past
Race to the Top--District competitions may not apply for additional
(b) An applicant must serve a minimum of 2,000 participating
students (as defined in this notice) or may serve fewer than 2,000
participating students (as defined in this notice) provided those
students are served by a consortium of at least 10 LEAs and at least 75
percent of the students served by each LEA are participating students
(as defined in this notice). An applicant must base its requested award
amount on the number of participating students (as defined in this
notice) it proposes to serve at the time of application or within the
first 100 days of the grant award.
(c) At least 40 percent of participating students (as defined in
this notice) across all participating schools (as defined in this
notice) must be students from low-income families, based on eligibility
for free or reduced-price lunch subsidies under the Richard B. Russell
National School Lunch Act, or other poverty measures that LEAs use to
make awards under section 1113(a) of the ESEA. If an applicant has not
identified all participating schools (as defined in this notice) at the
time of application, it must provide an assurance that within 100 days
of the grant award it will meet this requirement.
(d) An applicant must demonstrate its commitment to the core
educational assurance areas (as defined in this notice), including, for
each LEA included in an application, an assurance signed by the LEA's
superintendent or CEO that--
(i) The LEA, at a minimum, will implement no later than the 2014-
2015 school year--
(A) A teacher evaluation system (as defined in this notice);
(B) A principal evaluation system (as defined in this notice); and
(C) A superintendent evaluation (as defined in this notice);
(ii) The LEA is committed to preparing all students for college or
career, as demonstrated by--
(A) Being located in a State that has adopted college- and career-
ready standards (as defined in this notice); or
(B) Measuring all student progress and performance against college-
and career-ready graduation requirements (as defined in this notice);
(iii) The LEA has a robust data system that has, at a minimum--
(A) An individual teacher identifier with a teacher-student match;
(B) The capability to provide timely data back to educators and
their supervisors on student growth (as defined in this notice);
(iv) The LEA has the capability to receive or match student-level
preschool-through-12th grade and higher education data; and
(v) The LEA ensures that any disclosure of or access to personally
identifiable information in students' education records complies with
the FERPA.
(e) Required signatures for the LEA or lead LEA in a consortium are
those of the superintendent or CEO, local school board president, and
local teacher union or association president (where applicable).
(2) Cost Sharing or Matching: This competition does not require
cost sharing or matching.

The Purpose Of The Race To The Top--District Program Is To Build On The Lessons Learned From The State Competitions Conducted Under The Race To The Top Program And To Support Bold, Locally Directed Improvements In Learning And Teaching That Will Directly Improve Student Achievement And Educator Effectiveness.

Additional Info:
Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: August 23, 2013. Submission of a notice of intent to apply is optional.

Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 7e214, Washington, DC 20202.
Telephone: (202) 453-6800 or by email: racetothetop.district@ed.gov

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