The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) lays the foundation for education reform by supporting investments in innovative strategies that are most likely to lead to improved results for students, long-term gains in school and school system capacity, and increased productivity and effectiveness.
The ARRA provides $4.35 billion for the Race to the Top Fund, a competitive grant program designed to encourage and reward States that are creating the conditions for education innovation and reform; achieving significant improvement in student outcomes, including making substantial gains in student achievement, closing achievement gaps, improving high school graduation rates, and ensuring student preparation for success in college and careers; and implementing ambitious plans in four core education reform areas:
The School Improvement Grants (SIG) are designed to implement strategies for the improvement of the lowest-achieving Title I schools, through four intervention models:
College and Career Ready Standards, including the Common Core State Standards. The U.S. Department of Education is maintaining formula grants to high-poverty school districts while making significant changes towards improving achievement to ensure all students are college and career ready upon graduation by:
The Center on Instruction's resources: Documents, tools, examples, and professional development opportunities are designed to aid states, districts, and schools in successfully implementing these initiatives.