|Purpose:||Race to the Top (RTTT), funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, is a U.S. Department of Education (USED) grant awarded to state education agencies that won a national competition for committing to a set of education reforms. Massachusetts was awarded this federal funding, and is issuing this year 5 continuation grant for eligible school districts.|
RTTT was originally scheduled to end for all participating school districts at the close of FY14, but USED gave ESE the authority to grant no-cost extensions to districts that were able to justify that they needed additional time to meet the program's requirements. Most of the 233 participating RTTT districts will spend down their grants at the close of fiscal year 2014, but 46 districts applied for and were granted no-cost extensions to extend the end date of their grants to June 30, 2015.
The priorities that these districts are expected to work on will remain unchanged from those originally laid out in the grant and that are reflected in the MOUs that each district agreed to:
- Improve teacher and principal effectiveness based on performance
- Ensure effective teachers and leaders in every classroom
- Use data to inform instruction
- Increase college and career readiness
- Develop and implement the teaching and learning system
- Turn around the lowest achieving schools
|Eligibility:||The 46 LEAs that were approved for a RTTT no-cost extension.|
|Funding:||Funding for this program is awarded based on each participating LEA's share of the total state Title I allocation for FY09, including both regular and ARRA Title I. Updated allocations can be found at Information for Participating Districts and Charter Schools webpage.|
|Fund Use:||Funds may only be used to cover the costs associated with participation in the specific projects listed in the state's RTTT plan.|
|Project Duration:||July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015|
|Program Unit:||Office of Strategic Planning, Research, and Delivery Systems|
|Phone Number:||(781) 338-3125|
An FY15 RTTT budget workbook for each district with an approved no-cost extension has been posted to the Security Portal. This workbook reflects the plan that was submitted and that ESE approved as part of each district's RTTT no-cost extension request.
Each district should download and review its budget workbook, If no changes are needed, the district should mail two (2) copies of the Cover Sheet, each with the superintendent or executive director's original signature, as soon as possible. If changes are required, please contact Rob O'Donnell at email@example.com or 781-338-3116.
FY15 budget workbooks have been posted to each LEA's RTTT Outbox on the Security Portal.
Part III - Required Program Information
ESE is in the process of transitioning to a new online grants management system. For the time being, ESE will continue to manage these grants using the budget workbook that has been developed and will notify LEAs once the new system is available.
Race to the Top in Massachusetts: Revised guidelines for responses to the Years 2 - 4 Request for Proposals
LEAs will be asked to ensure transparency and accountability and report publicly on the use of funds. In addition to the standard federal financial reports required for all federal grants, USED requires extensive programmatic reporting to document the use of all ARRA funds. In order to comply with this requirement, ESE has adopted a set of performance measures that it is using to track RTTT implementation. Most of this data will be collected at the state level, but LEAs will be responsible for reporting directly on some measures. LEAs receiving an RTTT grant are required to report on the progress that they are making toward meeting their goals for these performance measure using the required reporting format twice a year in January and July.
LEAs will also be expected to participate in any program evaluation and monitoring activities associated with this grant.
Mail two (2) copies of the Cover Sheet, each with the superintendent's or charter school leader's original signature, to:
Office of Strategic Planning and Research
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant St.
Malden, MA 02148