Race to the Top

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The Common Core standards, a set of benchmarks for K-12 math and English courses, continue to make headlines. 

Students in a Guilford County classroom.
Guilford County Schools

Three North Carolina school districts have made it to the final round in a federal Race to the Top grant competition. Cabarrus, Burke and Winston-Salem/Forsyth are among 31 school districts nationwide that could win millions of dollars to go toward innovating and improving their schools.

Math teacher Melissa Tatum is one of 900 educators who has been trained on the tablet computers. She plans to use Brain Pop in her classroom this fall.
Jeff Tiberii

Students at three Guilford County middle schools spent the day learning on tablet computers.  A district wide technology initiative that will provide tablets to 17,000 students is underway. The district won a federal “race to the top grant” of more than $30 million. Students are taking a day off from summer break to go into school and get comfortable with the devices.

Students in a Guilford County school classroom on computers.
Guilford County Schools

This fall about 13,000 middle school students in the Guilford County Schools district will receive tablets. It’s part of a $30 million Race to the Top grant that Guilford won last year. Administrators and teachers will receive training from a company called Amplify in the coming months. 

Forgive high school juniors if they're a little cranky this morning. Today is a major test day across the state and it's the first time juniors will be required to take the ACT. It's usually a test used by college admissions counselors to determine academic aptitude. But starting next year, the state Department of Public Instruction will use it to track student readiness for post-secondary education.

The ACT is one of two major college aptitude tests. Historically, more students in North Carolina have taken the SAT.

North Carolina has won $70 million more in the federal government’s Race To The Top grant competition. The second award will go to early childhood education.

North Carolina is one of only 6 repeat winners. The U.S. Department of Education made the announcement this morning. North Carolina’s total grant award from Race to the Top is now around $470 million.

The latest grant will go to funding improvements to early childhood programs for at-risk kids. It will also be used to improve student and teacher assessments.