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The Broader Bolder Approach released
a 100-page report in conjunction
with the American
Association of School Administrators lambasting the Obama
administration’s Race to the Top program. RTTT’s goals are
“impossible” and may even be damaging schools, the report said.
RTTT handed out $4.35 billion to 11 states to implement changes for
which there was no evidence, like test-based teacher evaluation.
Critics of the report said that it was too soon to make a judgment
but RTTT funding runs out in one year. “The 100-page report,
released Thursday, argues that policies should tackle the effects
of poverty while simultaneously making schools better. By not
targeting out-of-school factors like nutrition and parental income,
the report says, and by focusing on teacher evaluation systems that
often result in harsh consequences without much useful feedback,
Race to the Top goals are severely mismatched with its

For another analysis of the report, see Valerie…

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