Race to the Top


Race to the Top (RttT) is a $4.35 billion federal education program funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka stimulus)

RttT was 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.

Ohio was one of 10 winners of round 2 of Race to the Top. Click here to learn more about Ohio's RttT Plan.
  • Total grant award to the state was $400 million
  • Just over half of the $400 million will be distributed to 488 participating districts and charter schools over the next 4 years
  • Columbus City School's allocation is estimated at $20.5 million over the 4 grant year
  • Ohio’s plan has 5 main goals:
    - Increase high school graduation rates by .5% per year
    - Reduce graduation rate gaps by 50%
    - Reduce performance gaps by 50%
    - Reduce the gap between Ohio and the best-performing states in the nation by 50%
    - More than double the increase in college enrollment for 18 and 19 year olds.
Columbus City School's Approved Race to the Top Scope of Work (PDF)

NOTE: This Web site reflects the current best understanding of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Race to the Top state and federal requirements.  The website will be revised as federal and state rules and guidance become available.

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