and Hartford school districts are among 61 finalists for district-level Race to
the Top grants, the U.S. Education Department has announced. Other finalists include New York City, Newark,
and Philadelphia. Three other Connecticut applicants, New Haven, Norwalk, and
the Capitol Region Education Council, did not make the cut.
- implement teacher, principal, and superintendent evaluation systems by the 2014-15 school year;
- measure student performance against state-adopted college and career-ready graduation requirements; and
- have data systems that can link individual students to teachers and provide timely data on student academic growth.