Office of the Deputy Secretary (ODS), United States Department of Education.(ED): Race to the Top--District CFDA Number 84.416

Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice.

For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice.

The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal



Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information.

The purpose of the Race to the Top--District competition is to build on the lessons learned from the State competitions conducted under the Race to the Top program and to support bold, locally directed improvements in learning and teaching that will directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness.Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:
8 4. 41 6. Applications for grants under this competition must be submitted in electronic format on a CD or DVD, with CD-ROM or DVD-ROM preferred, by mail or hand delivery.

Individual LEA applicants must submit signed originals of Parts IV, V, and VII of the application and the applicant LEAs for a consortium application must submit signed originals of Parts IV, VI, VII of the application and a signed memorandum of understanding from each member LEA of the consortia (as described in Part XIII of the application).

All electronic application files must be in a .DOC (document), .DOCX (document), .RTF (rich text), or .PDF (Portable Document) format.

Each file name should clearly identify the part of the application it contains.

If an applicant submits a file type other than the four file types specified in this paragraph, the Department will not review that material.

Applicants should not password-protect these files.

The CD or DVD containing the application should be clearly labeled with the applicant's name, city, State, and any other relevant information.

We strongly recommend the applicant to submit a CD or DVD of its application that includes the following files:
(1) A single file that contains the body of the application, including required budget tables, that has been converted into a .PDF format so that the .PDF is searchable.

Note that a .PDF created from a scanned document will not be searchable.

(2) A single file in a .PDF format that contains all of the required signature pages.

The signature pages may be scanned and turned into a PDF.

(3) Copies of the completed electronic budget spreadsheets with the required budget tables, which should be in a separate file from the body of the application.

The spreadsheets will be used by the Department for budget reviews.

Each of these items must be clearly labeled with the LEA's name, city, state, and any other relevant identifying information.

Applicants also should not password-protect these files.

The Department must receive the application by 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on or before the application deadline date.
Related Programs

Race to the Top - District Grants

Department of Education

Agency: Department of Education


Estimated Funding: $383,000,000

Who's Eligible

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Office of the Deputy Secretary (ODS), United States Department of Education.(ED): Race to the Top--District CFDA NUmber 84.416; Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2012

Additional Information of Eligibility:
(1) Eligible applicants: To be eligible for a grant under this competition: (a) An applicant must be an individual LEA (as defined in this notice) or a consortium of LEAs from the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

(i) LEAs may apply for all or a portion of their schools, for specific grades, or for subject-area bands (e.g., lowest-performing schools, secondary schools, schools connected by a feeder pattern, middle school math, or preschool through third grade).

(ii) Consortia may include LEAs from multiple States.

(iii) Each LEA may participate in only one Race to the Top--District application.

(b) An applicant must serve a minimum of 2,000 participating students (as defined in this notice) or may serve fewer than 2,000 participating students (as defined in this notice) provided those students are served by a consortium of at least 10 LEAs and at least 75 percent of the students served by each LEA are participating students (as defined in this notice).

(c) At least 40 percent of participating students (as defined in this notice) across all participating schools (as defined in this notice) must be students from low-income families, based on eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch subsidies under the Richard B.

Russell National School Lunch Act, or other poverty measures that LEAs use to make awards under section 1113(a) of the ESEA.

If an applicant has not identified all participating schools (as defined in this notice) at the time of application, it must provide an assurance that within 100 days of the grant award it will meet this requirement.

(d) An applicant must demonstrate its commitment to the core educational assurance areas (as defined in this notice), including, for each LEA included in an application, an assurance signed by the LEA's superintendent or CEO that-- (i) The LEA, at a minimum, will implement no later than the 2014-2015 school year-- (A) A teacher evaluation system (as defined in this notice); (B) A principal evaluation system (as defined in this notice); and (C) A superintendent evaluation (as defined in this notice); (ii) The LEA is committed to preparing all students for college or career, as demonstrated by-- (A) Being located in a State that has adopted college- and career-ready standards (as defined in this notice); or (B) Measuring all student progress and performance against college-and career-ready graduation requirements (as defined in this notice); (iii) The LEA has a robust data system that has, at a minimum-- (A) An individual teacher identifier with a teacher-student match; and (B) The capability to provide timely data back to educators and their supervisors on student growth (as defined in this notice); (iv) The LEA has the capability to receive or match student-level preschool-through-12th grade and higher education data; and (v) The LEA ensures that any disclosure of or access to personally identifiable information in students' education records complies with FERPA.

(e) Required signatures for the LEA or lead LEA in a consortium are those of the superintendent or CEO, local school board president, and local teacher union or association president (where applicable).

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