Department of Education: Final Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria; Race to the Top--District
GAO-13-863R: Sep 19, 2013
GAO reviewed the Department of Education's (Education) new rule on the final priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria; Race to the Top--District. GAO found that (1) this major rule establishes priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for the Race to the Top--District program. Education designed the Race to the Top--District program to build on the momentum of other Race to the Top competitions by encouraging bold, innovative reform at the local level. The priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria in this rule are similar to those Education used in the FY 2012 competition. The competition will support applicants that demonstrate how they can personalize education for all students in their schools. In that regard, through this competition, Education plans to encourage and reward those local educational agencies (LEAs) or consortia of LEAs that implement the strategies, structures, and systems that Education believes are needed to implement personalized, student-focused approaches to learning and teaching that will produce excellence and ensure equity for all students. The priorities, definitions, requirements, and selection criteria are designed to help LEAs meet these goals; and (2) Education complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.