Office of the Superintendent
Montana to Submit Race to the Top ApplicationThursday, 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.
For more information, contact Dennis Parman, 406.444.5643