DOE Announces Digital Promise as a Race to the Top-District Finalist

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The U.S. Department of Education announced Monday that a consortium of school districts in the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools is a finalist for a Race to the Top-District (RttT-D) grant.

Digital Promise is one of 61 finalists selected from 372 applications. Among the finalists, the Department plans to select 15 to 25 winning applications for four-year awards that range from $5 million to $40 million.

On the whole, the competition will provide nearly $400 million to personalize and deepen student learning, improve student achievement, increase teacher effectiveness, close achievement gaps and prepare every student for college and careers.

Through the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, Vancouver Public Schools in Washington state submitted an application on behalf of a consortium of League districts to accelerate and scale up personalized learning across the country. Other members of the consortium are: Horry County Schools in South Carolina; Joint School District No. 2 in Idaho; McAllen Independent School District in Texas; Mooresville Graded School District in North Carolina; Piedmont City Schools in Alabama; and Utica Community Schools in Michigan.

Final decisions will be announced by the end of the year, but our selection as a finalist is a testament to the vision and determination of the members of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools.

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