What is the national Race to the Top competition?
Awards in Race to the Top went to States that are leading the way with ambitious yet achievable plans for implementing coherent, compelling, and comprehensive education reform. Race to the Top winners will help trail-blaze effective reforms and provide examples for States and local school districts throughout the country to follow as they too are hard at work on reforms that can transform our schools for decades to come.
Through Race to the Top, Federal Department of Education is asking States to advance reforms around three specific areas:
- Adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and to compete in the global economy in the 21st century
- Building data systems that measure student growth and success, and then providing teachers and principals about how they can improve instruction
- Recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining exceptional teachers and principals
Ohio's Race to the Top Strategy
Ohio has a vibrant history of setting ambitious but achievable goals in the face of daunting challenges. From the Underground
Railroad to space exploration, Ohio has pursued its future with courage, fortitude and intelligence. Ohio is once again at the
forefront of innovation and is poised to transform its education system through Race to the Top.
This is an exhilarating moment in our state’s history. The solid array of Ohio’s accomplishments affirms that it has the political
will, infrastructure, and capacity to successfully implement courageous work on behalf of all its children. Ohio’s children cannot
wait and we must act boldly now. Over the next four years, our targeted focus will be on achieving five ambitious goals:
* Increase high school graduation rates by .5% per year
* Reduce graduation rate gaps by 50%
* Reduce performance gaps by 50%
* Reduce the gap between Ohio and the best-performing states in the nation by 50%
* More than double the increase in college enrollment for 18 and 19 year olds
Ohio’s history of leadership and entrepreneurship provides a strong platform to successfully roll out the state’s RttT strategy and
assist LEAs to successfully implement their RttT Scopes of Work. Together we will ensure that our transformative work will
result in Ohio students realizing greater successes in school and in life.
Marlington Local Schools has submitted a 4-year plan that will transform education in our district by meeting the goals set forth by our federal government. Teachers, administrators, board members, and our community are all needed to fully transform education for the 21st century. The components of the plan will be carried out over the next 4 years with the help of the Race to the Top transformation team.
Marlington RttT Transformation Team:
Anna Minor, Wendy Williams, Sam Pepper, Deborah Byo, Mark Griggs, Teresa Phillips, Tierney Bratten, Brenda Schloneger, Jeannette Philo, Rebecca Myers, David Rogers, Heather Gerber, Mark Greco and Erika Lukens-Yoder.