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Race to the Top Grant Archive

Year 4 LEA Guidance

Community of Practice

Topic: Student Assessment and Teacher Evaluation: Beyond State Assessments

Year 2 Progress Report

A second year progress report on Florida's Race to the Top - January 2013 (PDF, 2MB)

Implementation Update Webinars

The Florida Department of Education hosted two webinars in September 2012 to update stakeholders on the state-level Race to the Top projects.

Topics: Standards and Assessments, Turning Around the Lowest-Achieving Schools, Charter Schools, New LEA Deliverable Submission Process
State-level Projects Materials (PDF, 410KB)
September 13 Recording (WMV, 770MB)
September 13 Transcript (PDF, 134KB)

Topics: Great Teachers and Leaders, Single Sign-on, Local Instructional Improvement Systems, New LEA Deliverable Submission Process
State-level Projects Materials (PDF, 399KB)
September 14 Recording (WMV, 710MB)
September 14 Transcript (PDF, 138KB)

Postsecondary Text Demand Study

Updates from Implementation Committees

The Florida Department of Education (DOE) announced the launch of Education 360, a new video series hosted by DOE’s Teacher Liaison Kelly Seay, which provides quick snapshots about important education reform efforts currently underway in the Sunshine State.

Implementation Technical Assistance

LEA Scope of Work and Budget

Receive E-Mail Updates About Race To the Top

The Department has created a subscription form to keep you informed of the latest updates regarding the Race to the Top process. To receive notice each time the website is updated, please visit the link below to subscribe.

Final Scope of Work Template

The Local Education Agency (LEA) Final Scope of Work Template for Race to the Top (RTTT) is designed to assist LEAs in the development of initial plans which must be approved by the Florida Department of Education and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education by Nov. 22, 2010. The template includes separate Work Plan Tables to address each element of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which is part of Florida’s approved RTTT grant award.

The template provides a format for LEAs to provide quarterly detail for FY 2010-11 work plans, and strategic plans for years 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14. As with all grants, it is envisioned that the strategic elements in last three years of the work plan may be amended as LEAs work through initial implementation, more comprehensive planning, and the collective bargaining process. While collective bargaining should be a deliverable in the Final Scope of Work where applicable, the bargaining does not have to be completed before the Final Scope is submitted.

The template is designed to capture required elements for RTTT plans with minimal effort on behalf of LEAs, and to facilitate the timely review and turn-around of LEA plans by the FLDOE.

Resources for Final Scope of Work

Technical Assistance Schedule

Date Time Topic Call-In Information Materials Webcast Download
Sept. 7 1 – 3 pm EDT General Information and Overview of LEA Final Scope of Work Template
WebEx information for Technical Assistance Webinar for Sept. 7, 2010 (Word, 29KB)
  Florida's Race to the Top TA Webinar with Budget Slides (PDF, 464KB) Webcast Link
Sept. 10 10 am – noon EDT Section (E): Turning Around the Lowest-Achieving Schools 866-372-5781
code: 10075515
Presentation (PDF, 361KB)
Sample Work Plan Table (PDF, 62KB)
Recording (WAV, 172MB)
Sept. 10 1 – 3 pm EDT Budget Templates 866-372-5781
code: 10080282
Presentation (Word, 591KB)
Education Jobs Fund (Word, 245KB)
Recording (WAV, 362MB)
Sept. 13 9 – 11 am EDT Section (C): Data Systems to Support Instruction 866-372-5781
code: 10083566
Presentation (PDF, 373KB)
Sample Work Plan Table (PDF, 330KB)
Recording (WAV, 40MB)
Sept. 14 9 – 11 am EDT Section (A): Standards and Assessments 866-372-5781
code: 10085949
Presentation (PDF, 323KB)
Sample Work Plan Table for (B)(3)1 (PDF, 35KB)
Sample Work Plan Table for (B)(3)4 (PDF, 162KB)
Recording (WAV, 69MB)
Sept. 14 1 – 3 pm EDT Section (D): Great Teachers and Leaders 866-372-5781
code: 10088438
Presentation (PDF, 585KB)
Sample Work Plan Table (PDF, 81KB)
Recording (WAV, 113MB)
Sept. 17 1 – 3 pm EDT Charter School Participation 866-372-5781
code: 11139529
Presentation (PDF, 428KB)
Work Plan Table Sample (PDF, 43KB)
Select FAQs (PDF, 25KB)
Recording (WAV, 68MB)
Oct. 5 1 – 3 pm EDT Open Forum for Q&A – any topic 866-372-5781
code: 11142023
N/A Recording (WAV, 63MB)
Nov. 1 11 am – noon EDT Feedback Follow-up 866-372-5781
code: 21776807
Presentation (PDF, 172KB) N/A

Florida Announced As Winner In Race to the Top Phase 2

On Aug. 24, the U.S. Department of Education announced that Florida is a winner of the federal Race to the Top Phase 2 competition. This funding will be dedicated to carrying out a broad range of strategies designed to improve our lowest performing schools and increase the academic achievement of our students. Congratulations to Florida’s teachers and students for this next step in education reform.

Race to the Top Phase 2 Update

On Aug. 11, Commissioner Smith along with Governor Charlie Crist, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Florida Education Association President Andy Ford and Public Schools Chancellor Dr. Frances Haithcock presented Florida’s application for Phase 2 of the federal Race to the Top competition.

On July 27, the U.S. Department of Education announced Florida as one of 19 finalists qualifying in the federal Race to the Top Phase 2 competition. Governor Charlie Crist will lead a delegation to Washington, D.C., on August 11 to present Florida’s Race to the Top proposal. Education Commissioner Dr. Eric Smith, Public Schools Chancellor Dr. Frances Haithcock, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools Alberto Carvalho and Florida Education Association President Andy Ford will also participate in the presentation. If Florida’s proposal is selected, Florida could receive up to $700 million in federal funds to implement locally developed, comprehensive education reform plans.

If you have difficulty accessing any of the files below, please contact the Division of Public Schools at 850- 245-0509.

Florida’s Race to the Top Working Group

Florida’s Race to the Top Working Group was created by Governor Charlie Crist on April 21. The Working Group met on Wednesday, April 28, to discuss the application for Phase 2 federal funding. To view materials and resources related to this Working Group, visit the Governor’s Race to the Top Working Group website at http://www.flgov.com/racetothetop.

Phase 1 Application Information

If you have difficulty accessing any of the files below, please contact the Division of Public Schools at 850- 245-0509.

The Department of Education offers the following resources and links as a way for you to learn more about the next steps in achieving these competitive dollars.

Final Scope of Work Status

The Florida Department of Education submitted 65 LEA Final Scopes of Work to the U.S. Department of Education on Nov. 22. Sixty-four have full program approval and one has conditional program approval.

Below are definitions for full program or conditional program approval:

  • Full program approval - means that all 13 projects were approved and are ready for implementation. Full program approval does not automatically indicate that work products to meet the Deliverables are final (for example, teacher evaluation systems will be reviewed for approval after May 1, 2011).
  • Conditional program approval - means that one or more projects have correctable deficiencies that can be resolved over the next several months. It also means that an LEA’s budget may be restricted until they are fully approved. Some things may be corrected quickly, and others may take time. We will work with each LEA to identify an appropriate revision timeline during the first grant year.

Fully Approved Scopes of Work

Grant award notices have been sent to fully approved districts indicating the amount of funding each district has been awarded, schedules for accessing the funds and other pertinent grant-related information.

Below are the LEA Approval Status lists:

Messages to Districts