The U.S. Department of Education says Florida trails other states in meeting the requirements of its $700 million federal Race to the Top grant, Education Week reports. From the story:
Yet even with billions of dollars and the political cover that came with winning a grant, the annual reports show that states still struggle mightily with how to improve teacher evaluations and the profession as a whole.
The 2013-14 school year is, for the most part, the final year of implementation for the four-year, state-level contest that has become one of the administration’s most important domestic policy initiatives. And Race to the Top will certainly be a key piece of Secretary Duncan’s K-12 legacy…
Even though much of the work is supposed to be completed, some states still have lengthy to-do lists, including Florida, which has experienced big delays in implementing common-core-aligned interim and final assessments.