May 22nd, 2012

Race to the Top 2012 is About ‘Personalizing’ Education

The US government’s Race to the Top 2012 pits town against town, to see which school district can best personalize education for it’s students.  Joy Resmovits of the Huffington Post reports in this piece: “Race To The Top 2012 Invites School Districts To Compete”. Here’s an excerpt:

The competition this year opens $400 million in grant money to school districts — and not states, like in previous rounds — with a focus on “personalized learning,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will announce Tuesday.

“With this competition, we are inviting districts to show us how they can personalize education for a set of students in their schools,” Duncan said in a statement. The competition — President Barack Obama’s signature education program — is “aimed squarely at the classroom level and the all-important relationship among teachers and students,” Duncan said.

School districts in Houston and Los Angeles have confirmed that they’re in. Sacramento’s mayor Kevin Johnson signaled his interest in a statement to The Huffington Post. Chicago, Newark and Las Vegas are also reportedly interested.

The new guidelines require ways to connect student-level data with college outcomes; evaluations that include tests for teachers, principals, school boards and superintendents; a focus on school overhauls; and the agreement of local teachers’ unions.

The complete article is here.

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