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Research: FLA & Hawaii Not Meeting Race Expectations

Picture 34There's a new report from CAP about state implementation of Race To The Top coming out today.  The delays and overpromising we already know about, though there are new and updated details in the state reports.  

The big headline is that two states -- Hawaii and Florida -- were found not to be meeting expectations.  Not New York.

Click below for the talking points.

Other findings:

  • Race to the Top has advanced the reform agenda. We found that all the states that received a grant are now piloting or implementing a new teacher evaluation system.
  • While progress is uneven, many states are largely on track with their Race to the Top commitments, making strong progress and meeting many of their initial promises. Under our evaluation rubric, most of the states appear to be meeting expectations.
  • Every state has delayed some part of their grant implementation, and some observers worry about a lack of capacity to execute complicated reform initiatives given tight deadlines.  
  • Some states will most likely not accomplish all of the goals outlined in their grants. Hawaii claims that it will erase the achievement gap by 2018, while Tennessee promises to have 100 percent of its students proficient in math and reading by 2014. States and districts very rarely, if ever, have reached such high achievement benchmarks.
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