Federal Government Unveils Priorities for Race to the Top. Where Does Washington Stand?


Leading federal agencies released the application for Race to the Top Early Learning grants this week and are developing a statewide quality rating and improvement system that emerged as a — if not the — defining requirement.

All of these new details raise a big question around here: How does Washington stand?

After a quick glance at these rules, Washington appears in a good position with its quality rating system. Last week, Washington’s Department of Early Learning made a move to expand the state’s pilot project statewide. A state can score the most points in a single category by having a plan to develop a statewide QRIS system that covers all early learning programs, Politics K-12 reports.

Washington also can point to its WaKIDs kindergarten assessment program as addressing priorities placed on school readiness and entry into kindergarten in the application. Plus, Washington’s Early Learning Plan addresses the demand for a longer-term commitment to improving early learning, as highlighted by Sara Mead.

This is all based on a quick reading of the new application and analysis around it. We will have more in-depth coverage in the coming weeks, and hopefully insights from folks far closer to the process.

In the meantime, leading education analysts have already highlighted key details of the RTTT-II:

Politics K-12 offers a good review, “Newest Race to the Top Stresses Early Ed. Rating Systems.”

And you can read the original source: Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Executive Summary, Education and Health and Human Services departments.