American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ED and HHS Award 2013 Race to the Top Grants

(January 10, 2014)

The United States Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that six additional states-Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont-will receive a total of $280 million in grant awards from the 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) fund to improve access to high-quality early learning and development programs throughout their states. These 6 states join the 14 existing state grantees who secured funding in the first two rounds awards, which began in 2011.

In addition, ED has announced that five applicants won a total of approximately $120 million in the second round of the Race to the Top-District (RTT-D) competition. The grants will go to support locally developed plans to personalize and improve student learning, directly increase student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student for success in college and his/her career. Through these grants, school districts will be able to better support teachers and students by increasing educational opportunities. The grants will also help teachers tailor their approaches to meet their students' needs, allow teachers to collaborate in new ways, and provide students with resources that enable them to access a world-class education no matter where they are.

Background

The RTT-ELC program is jointly administered by ED and HHS. The two agencies continue to work closely together on new initiatives to expand and improve services for children from birth through age 5. Through RTT-ELC, states created proposals to improve early learning by coordinating existing programs, evaluating and rating program quality, and increasing access to high-quality programs, particularly for children with high needs, including those from low-income families, children with disabilities, and English language learners. In the first year, the departments received 37 applications and nine states were awarded grants: California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Washington. In 2012, five additional highest-rated states were awarded grants: Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

RTT-D grantees were selected from 31 finalists, representing 80 school districts across 21 states. ED received more than 200 applications for the competition. Grantees were selected based on their vision and capacity for reform as well as a strong plan that provides educators with resources to accelerate student achievement and prepare students for college and their careers. Plans focused on transforming the learning environment so that it meets all students' learning abilities, making equity and access to high-quality education a priority. The program also offers competitive preference to applicants that form partnerships with public and private organizations to offer services that help meet students' academic, social, and emotional needs outside of the classroom.

ASHA Resource

More information is available on ED's website on RTT-ELC grants and RTT-D grants. You may also contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, at cclarke@asha.org or 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.


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