Race to the Top--District (Grants)



  • Award Min: $4,000,000.00
  • Award Max: $30,000,000.00
  • Quantity: Unknown


  • Deadline: Oct 03, 2013

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 competition: (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 funding. (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; and (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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Butler, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 7e214, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 453-6800 or by email: racetothetop.district@ed.gov If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the FRS, toll free, at 1-800-877- 8339.