In March of 2010, Delaware was announced as the first-place winner of Race to the Top, a competitive federal grant awarded to states committed to bold education reforms. In return for $119 million in federal funding, the state has promised to implement targeted, proven reforms over the next four years, including Curriculum and Assessment, Teacher Quality, School Turnaround, and Alternative Route to Certification.
As the first recipient of Race to the Top funds, it is important that Delaware sets the pace for reform-minded states. In the coming months, priorities include finalizing DPAS II criteria for non-DCAS subjects, supporting classroom-level implementation of the Common Core, and helping districts build the capacity to sustain these reforms when the grant expires in 2014. For more on how Delaware is implementing its Race to the Top plan, visit the Rodel Foundation and Vision 2015.