Race to the Top









Race to the Top

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), historic legislation designed to stimulate the economy, support job creation, and invest in critical sectors, including education. The ARRA provides $4.35 billion for the Race to the Top Fund, a competitive grant program designed to encourage and reward States that are creating the conditions for education innovation and reform; achieving significant improvement in student outcomes, including making substantial gains in student achievement, closing achievement gaps, improving high school graduation rates, and ensuring student preparation for success in college and careers; and implementing ambitious plans in four core education reform areas:
  • Adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and to compete in the global economy;
  • Building data systems that measure student growth and success, and inform teachers and principals about how they can improve instruction;
  • Recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most; and
  • Turning around our lowest-achieving schools.

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is one of the 26 partner school districts in Georgia’s Race to the Top (RT3) application. As a partner in Georgia’s Race to the Top application, Gwinnett County Public Schools is committed to keeping its stakeholders updated on this initiative and how it will impact the students, teachers, and schools in Gwinnett County. Visit the links and resources below for more on Race to the Top in Georgia and in Gwinnett County Public Schools

Georgia's Race to the Top Plan

Georgia Race to the Top Website

Gwinnett County Public Schools' Scope of Work

Gwinnett Race to the Top newsletter