Districts are eligible to apply for the grants, which will provide nearly $400 million to support local reform efforts, if they meet the 2,000 student threshold and implement teacher, principal, and superintendent evaluations by the 2014-2015 school year. Beginning in December, ED expects to award 15 to 25 district grants ranging from $5 million to $40 million. Preference will be offered to applicants that form partnerships with public and private organizations.
The competition will be based on a 200-point grading scale with the following categories:
- Personalized learning components (40 points)
- Vision for reform (4o points)
- Prior academic track record and district transparency (45 points)
- Continuous improvement (30 points)
- District policy and infrastructure (25 points)
- Budget and sustainability (20 points)
The finalized application does not include some items proposed earlier this year, such as performance evaluations of school board members, and includes a maximum grant award of $40 million rather than $25 million as written in the initial proposal.
Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst
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