I asked Erin Hames, who last week left her job as the governor’s policy director to join the state Department of Education, to outline how Race to the Top will help the entire state. Hames played a lead role in winning the grant for the state.
(Half the $400 million goes to the 26 partner school districts, and the rest goes to statewide efforts.)
Here is her response to what those efforts will be:
Basically, everything within the Standards and Assessments and Data Systems sections of the application will benefit every district in the state and many of the reforms included in the Great Teachers and Leaders section.
Georgia’s proposed Race to the Top work includes many reforms that are not limited to partnering LEAs but instead are lasting reforms that will have statewide impact during and beyond the scope of the grant, including but not limited to:
–Effectiveness measures, including value added measures for all teachers, principals, schools districts and teacher/leader preparation programs.
–Teacher induction certificate (Georgia will revise certification rules to create a 3-year non-renewable certificate for those who have completed an initial preparation program or who have been accepted into a GATAPP program–one of our alternative certification programs; if the educator does not reach a threshold Teacher Effectiveness Measure (TEM) by the end of his or her third year, the educator will not be able to advance to a career teacher certificate).
–Alternative leadership pathways.
–Common Core Standards and assessments resources (instructional frameworks, benchmark assessments, formative assessment toolkit, common core standards training for teachers at every school).
–Instructional improvement reports and dashboards for all teachers.
–Proficiency-based pathways to course credit.
–Using science as a second indicator for AYP.
–We will also identify and disseminate best Race to the Top practices to all districts through:
–Annual Race to the Top summits.
–Summer Leadership Academies organized by the Georgia Department of Education for district and school leaders.
–Online publication of Race to the Top annual reports and case studies related to specific Race to the Top reforms.