Welcome to my blog on Race to the Top and school reform! My name is Stephen Danna, and as a Race to the Top (RTTT) Network Team Lead Facilitator in Upstate New York, I will work to post my analyses and reflections of Race to the Top reform efforts on a regular basis.
Race to the Top is a significant change effort with the potential to radically impact how public education is delivered in this country. With its focus on the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Assessments, Principal and Teacher Performance Evaluation, and Turnaround Schools, Race to the Top is an opportunity to improve the quality of education and increase student achievement. Given the fiscal challenges, increasing global competition, and chronic underemployment in this great nation, it is imperative schools graduate the most capable, confident, knowledgeable, and self-directed students possible. RTTT may be the vehicle to make this happen.