Race to the Top for Districts (RTT-D) Summary

Race to the Top for Districts (RTT-D) Overview Document

The goal of RTT-D is to support school districts or consortia of districts to design and implement the strategies, structures, and systems needed to support personalized, student-focused approaches to learning and teaching that will produce excellence and ensure equity for all students. Applicants must design a personalized learning environment that will use collaborative, data-based strategies and 21st century tools (such as online learning platforms, computers, and learning algorithms) to deliver instruction and supports tailored to the needs and goals of each student, with the aim of enabling all students to graduate college- and career-ready.

Key themes include:

  • ‰"Not Just Technology‰" ‰-- strong applications will demonstrate how the applicant is changing structures and systems to personalize learning. This is more than just buying new equipment and software.
  • Data ‰-- data is at the heart of personalized learning and the application criteria promote interoperability as a key component, not just for building data systems but for providing continuous feedback to teachers, students, and parents.
  • Public/Private Support -- RTT-D encourages applicants to integrate public and private resources to provide additional student and family supports, such as those addressing the social-emotional, behavioral, and other needs of the participating students, giving highest priority to those students in high-need schools.
  • Collaboration ‰-- Similarly, strong applicants will not just engage families and community stakeholders but involve them in developing the application. They will engage mayors and state leaders early in the development of the application.
  • Targeting Supports ‰-- Districts are allowed to apply for all schools, or for a subset of schools, grades, and/or subject areas. For example, a district could choose to focus on its lowest performing schools, its secondary schools, or on middle school math, or preK-3rd grade.

For more, please see our complete summary PDF document.