Office of the Superintendent

Montana to Submit Race to the Top Application

Thursday, April 1, 2010, 1:08 pm

Governor Brian Schweitzer, Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, and the Montana Board of Education announced today that Montana plans to submit a Round II application for federal Race to the Top funding to the U.S. Department of Education.

We want to use a high level of collaboration to help all Montana students reach higher levels of academic achievement, reduce gaps in student academic performance, and ensure more students are career and college ready.

Montana’s Race to the Top proposal will target resources to schools based on their locally-identified needs.  If funded, these resources will be available to:

  • Support continuous improvement and innovation in high performing schools,
  • Build capacity in schools to increase academic achievement of students, and
  • Support reform for those schools that have been unable to find their way to success to date.

Funding awarded to Montana would be used for education proposals primarily in four areas, including:

  • Adopting or aligning 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
  • Transforming our lowest-achieving schools, and
  • Recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most.

This application will reflect the diversity of Montana. It will fit the needs of our frontier, rural, and urban schools while maintaining our long-held traditions of local control, collective bargaining, and working together.

Finally, these proposals and initiatives will be developed with the collaboration, support, and expertise of our statewide partners and the PreK-20 education community.

Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau is inviting school superintendents from large and small districts, local teachers union delegates, and school board members to video conferences to discuss Montana’s Race to the Top plan and information for local education agencies (LEAs) that want to participate in Race to the Top. The video conferences will be scheduled for April 12-22.

For more information, contact Dennis Parman, 406.444.5643