Oregon Department of Education

Race to the Top

News Announcements
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2010

  • Governor Kulongoski and Superintendent Castillo Release Blueprint for K-12 Education Reform MS-Word

    U.S. Department of Education Opens Race to the Top Competition

    November, 11, 2009 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released the final application for more than $4 billion from the Race to the Top Funds. Click here for to read press release.

    The application and other final materials click here.

    Oregon Race to the Top Design Team and Working Groups

    The design team will prepare the state’s application with the input and feedback of the work groups. Each of Oregon’s work groups will focus on one of four assurances that a state must make to succeed in the Race to the Top competition:

    1. The use of benchmarked standards and assessments to prepare students for success;
    2. Recruiting and retaining effective teachers and principals;
    3. The use of assessment data to improve instruction and practices; and
    4. Turning around the state’s lowest performing schools.

    The work groups have already begun their work and will continue to meet regularly until a final application is approved by the design team. In addition, the state is in the process of finalizing advisors and stakeholders who will provide feedback on the draft application.

    Full List of Design Team and Working Groups PDF   10/26/2009 (395.02 KB)

    Race to the Top Design Team:
    • Roster PDF   09/24/2009 (5.13 KB)

Working Groups:
  • Standards Assessments and Longitudinal Data Systems - Assessment Team
    • Roster PDF   10/20/2009 (5.44 KB)
  • Standards Assessments and Longitudinal Data Systems - Sub Data Team
    • Roster PDF   10/02/2009 (4.67 KB)
  • Effective Teachers and Principals
    • Roster PDF   10/02/2009 (4.67 KB)
  • Low-performing Schools
    • Roster PDF   10/26/2009 (5.44 KB)

  • Advisors/Stakeholders List PDF   10/28/2009 (16.92 KB)

  • Other:
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) PDF   10/05/2009 (4.72 KB)

  • RTTT Final Application Submitted to US Department of Education

  • Race to the Top Summary Application (2 pages) PDF   01/19/2010 (253.59 KB)
  • RTTT Application Cover Letter PDF   01/19/2010 (554.59 KB)
  • Criteria and Priorities PDF   01/19/2010 (531.52 KB)
  • RTTT Budget PDF   01/19/2010 (1.09 MB)
  • Appendix Table of Contents PDF   01/19/2010 (58.35 KB)
  • Appendix PDF   01/19/2010 (40.01 MB)
  • Districts Involved/Participating with Phase 1 Application Excel Spreadsheet   03/12/2010 (41 KB)

  • RTTT School District Solititation of Guidelines, MOU and Scope of Work

  • Letter from Governor Kulongoski, Superintendent Castillo and Vickie Fleming to School Districts PDF   12/15/2009 (58.38 KB)
  • Exhibit 1 - Scope of Work PDF   12/15/2009 (52.44 KB)
  • Proposed MOU PDF   12/15/2009 (65.74 KB)

  • Final summary of recommendations that will inform the writing of the grant application

  • RTTT Final Summary 12/10/09 PDF   12/23/2009 (66.90 KB)

  • Combined Draft of Working Groups

  • Draft Combined Recommendations of the Working Groups from 10/30/09 Meeting PDF   11/09/2009 (428.95 KB)

  • First Draft of Working Groups

  • Cover Letter from Vickie Fleming, Superintendent of Redmond SD PDF   10/23/2009 (572.25 KB)
  • Teacher and Principal Effectiveness PDF   10/23/2009 (374.12 KB)
  • Low Performing Schools PDF   10/23/2009 (420.21 KB)
  • Standards Assessment and Data PDF   10/23/2009 (317.99 KB)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) PDF   10/23/2009 (405.76 KB)

  • Projected Timelines

    October 15, 2009 - Public Meetings of Work Groups
    October 23, 2009 - Work Group Recommendations from 10/15/09 meeting posted to ODE website, sent to advisors
    October 30, 2009 - Public meeting #1 with Design Team and Work Group Leads
    November 4, 2009 - Draft recommendations from 10/30/09 meeting posted to ODE website, send to advisors
    November 12, 2009 - Public meeting #2 with Design Team

    Completed Public Meetings

    Final Public Meeting with Design Team - November 12, 2009
    2:00-5:00pm Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront – Room Salon D

    Public Meeting with Design Team and Work Group Leads - October 30, 2009:
    1:00-4:00 PM - State Capitol, Hearing Room F (note room change)
    Limited Public testimony welcomed (3 minutes each)

    Public Meetings of the Work Groups - October 15, 2009:

    Standard Assessment and Data Work Groups
    9:00-12:00 AM - State Capitol, Room 343
    Agenda: Review draft working group recommendations

    Effective Teachers and Principals
    9:00-12:00 AM - State Capitol, Hearing Room E
    Agenda: Review draft working group recommendations

    Low-performing Schools
    9:00-12:00 AM - State Capitol, Hearing Room D
    Agenda: Review draft working group recommendations

    If you would like to submit feedback or have questions regarding Race to the Top, please click here eMail

    USDOE Guidance & Reading Materials:

    RTTT Criteria and Evidence PDF   09/17/2009 (83.88 KB)
    RTTT Guidance from Joanne Weiss RTF   10/05/2009 (34.53 MB)
    Overview from Colorado, by the National Center on Teacher Quality PDF   09/17/2009 (993.49 KB)

    Oregon Related Materials:

    Oregon Context: Core Values and Beliefs, written by Pat Burk and Courtney Vanderstek MS-Word   09/17/2009 (101.50 KB)
    Oregon Education Roundtable White Paper on Proficiency PDF   09/17/2009 (534.82 KB)
    Proficiency Practice: Oregon’s Innovation in Race to the Top PDF   10/13/2009 (57.97 KB)


    Arne Duncan announcing the guidelines PDF   09/24/2009 (39.02 KB)
    Education Week general overview
    Wisconsin Story on RTTT that Highlights Oregon PDF   11/06/2009 (124.70 KB)
    Remarks by the President on Race to the Top at Graham Road Elementary School PDF   01/19/2010 (63.55 KB)

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