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Race To The Top (RT3)

Race To The Top (RT3)

Race To The Top (RT3)

Race to the Top is a federal grant that is used to support new approaches to school improvement. The grant encourages and rewards states that are creating conditions for education innovation and reform, specifically implementing ambitious plans in four education reform areas:

  • Recruiting, preparing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals;
  • 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 can measure student growth and success, and inform teachers and principals about how they can improve instruction;
  • Turning around our lowest-achieving school.

Key Components


  • New teachers participated in orientation during the month of July and they also attend monthly professional learning activities that are designed to increase their awareness of best practices and provide them with support beyond the building level.
  • New leaders had orientation and receive ongoing information through monthly system level planning meetings and professional learning sessions.


  • Teachers will be evaluated using the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System (TKES) and administrators will be evaluated using the Leader Keys Effectiveness System (LKES). Both instruments are designed to allow teachers and administrators the opportunity to demonstrate understanding of specific job-embedded standards related to best practices geared towards increasing student achievement.

Standards and Assessments (Common Core Georgia Performance Standards)

  • All certified math and ELA teachers received Common Core Training through CRSA RESA. Teachers are implementing the new standards in their classrooms using curriculum maps developed by grade level teams. The teams used the state curriculum maps and frameworks as a guide.