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									Kentucky’s
Race to the Top
Terry Holliday, Ph.D.
Commissioner of Education
December 7, 2009
             Every Child
Proficient and Prepared for Success
Race to the Top
    •Funding to support reform
     efforts including SB 1

    •Competition is fierce

    •Need backing by state,
     districts, teachers and
     other key stakeholders

    •We need your support
            Senate Bill 1
•Mandated

•Must implement
 with or without
 federal funding

•Without RTTT, more
 financial burden
 falls on districts

•Committed to
 school reform in KY
Race to the Top Overview
WHAT
•$4.3 billion fund (part of ARRA)
 for education improvement

•Kentucky estimate: $60-$175 million
(actual award based on submitted budget,
 proposed activities, state size and level
 of LEA participation)

•50% to LEAs (based on Title I funding)
Race to the Top Overview
WHY
•Rewards states for past accomplishments
•Creates incentives for future
 improvements
•Goals:
   Drive substantial gains in student
    achievement
   Improve high school graduation rate
    and college enrollment
   Narrow achievement gaps
Race to the Top Overview
HOW
•Competitive grant process

•Applications must include:
   Comprehensive, integrated approach
    to education reform
   Plans addressing four key areas
   State success factors (includes past
    performance and LEA participation)
Race to the Top Overview
WHEN
•Phase I:
   Application deadline – January 19, 2010
   Winners announced in April

•Phase II:
   Application deadline – June 1, 2010
   Winners announced in September

•4-year grant – 2010 through
 2013-2014 school year
   Race to the Top Reform Areas
1. Adopting internationally benchmarked
   standards and assessments that prepare
   students for success in college and the workplace

2. Building data systems that measure student
   success and inform teachers and principals on
   how they can improve their practice


3. Recruiting, developing, retaining, and rewarding
   effective teachers and principals


4. Turning around our
   lowest-performing schools
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            Development of
 Kentucky’s Race to the Top Application

                         KDE
                   led creation of
Input from                                    Webinar
state-level
                     Kentucky’s             and survey
 Advisory          Race to the Top        of stakeholders
  Council            application             statewide



          Discussions
              with
                                Governor’s
         select districts
                               listening tour
             and all
             co-ops
Kentucky Race to the Top Strategies
Standards and Assessments
•Adopt Common Core standards

•Balanced assessment system including
 statewide summative assessments

•Online instructional tools
•Prepare teachers to teach standards to
 mastery through professional learning
 opportunities
Kentucky Race to the Top Strategies
Data systems to support instruction
•Develop, provide easy access to and
 increase use of individual student data
 tracked over time (KSLDS)

•Deploy statewide Online Instructional
 Improvement System

•Targeted online professional learning
 opportunities
Kentucky Race to the Top Strategies
Great teachers and leaders
•Better prepare effective teachers and leaders

•Launch statewide growth model including
 common approach to evaluations

•Professional learning, compensation and
 career paths to grow and retain
 effective teachers
•Increase diversity and equitable distribution

•Provide more effective
 professional learning opportunities
Kentucky Race to the Top Strategies
Turnaround lowest-performing
schools (bottom 5%)
•Aggressive approach

•Districts implement 1 of 4
 identified turnaround models

•Partner with state, district, school
 support organization and community

•Develop cadre of “turnaround specialists”
  Kentucky’s Race to the Top
      LEA participation




•Final guidance requires us to show
 districts’ commitment to our plan

•Impacts success and amount of $
Kentucky’s Race to the Top
LEA participation
•To be eligible for funds, districts need to
 become “participating LEAs” before our
 application is submitted

•Sign and return Memorandum of
 Understanding by 12/31/09

•Agree to fully collaborate and implement
 state’s RTTT strategies

•If Kentucky is awarded grant, submit more
 detailed final Scope of Work within 90 days
Kentucky’s Race to the Top
Kentucky’s Race to the Top
Memorandum of Understanding
District Responsibilities
•Implement Kentucky’s entire RTTT plan
•Participate in RTTT events
•Share non-proprietary products and lessons
•Participate in evaluations of grant
•Be responsive to requests for information
 related to project
•Communicate progress, associated and
 future plans
Kentucky’s Race to the Top
Memorandum of Understanding
KDE Responsibilities
•Work collaboratively with and support
 district in carrying out plan

•Distribute district share of funds

•Provide feedback on reports, plans and
 projects

•Identify sources of technical assistance
Kentucky’s Race to the Top
Memorandum of Understanding
Joint Responsibilities
•Appoint key contact for grant

•Contacts maintain frequent communication

•Work together on timelines for updates
 and status reports

•Agree to continue to achieve overall goals
 of Kentucky’s RTTT grant
Kentucky’s Race to the Top
Memorandum of Understanding
Also sections on:
•Recourse for non-performance

•Assurances

•Modifications

•Duration/Termination of MOU
Kentucky’s Race to the Top
Memorandum of Understanding
•Signatures needed:
    Superintendent
    School Board Chairperson
    Local Education Association Leader
•Return to KDE by 12/31/09

•Use December board meeting to meet
 tight timeline

•Resources are available to support
 conversations with local stakeholders
Race to the Top
Review Process
•Two-tiered:
   Applications read and scored
    Points awarded based on criterion

   Top scoring applicants travel to
    Washington D.C. to present to
    reviewers and participate in Q & A
Race to the Top Overview
Selection Criteria
•Applications judged on:
   State’s progress to date and
    success in creating conditions related
    to the 4 reform areas

   State’s plan for future efforts
    in the 4 reform areas
   Race to the Top
   Scoring Points STEM
                   3%
                   General   State Success
                    11%         Factors
                                  25%
  Turning Around
Lowest-Performing
      Schools
       10%




                                      Standards and
  Great Teachers
                                       Assessments
   and Leaders
                                           14%
       28%

                             Data Systems
                                  9%
Kentucky’s Race to the Top
•Cohesive and comprehensive plan

•If we aren’t successful,
 we will reapply in Phase II

•Committed to improvement and effective
 teaching and learning with or without
 RTTT funds

•Reforms and implementation of SB1
 more timely with RTTT funds; less
 burden on districts
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Race To The Top
Terry Holliday, Ph.D.
Commissioner of Education
December 7, 2009

								
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