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Rhode Island uses funding to prepare teachers for the Common Core
TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2012 17:30 PM

The U.S. Department of Education recently released progress reports for each of the 12 states that received Race to the Top grants in 2010.

"Race to the Top states have made tremendous strides in this first year," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "These 12 states have acted with courage and commitment in taking on ambitious education reform."

Among the states that received funding was Rhode Island, which adopted the Common Core State Standards on July 1, 2010. Based on U.S. Department of Education data, The Associated Press reported that the Ocean State is putting its $75 million in federal grant money to good use.

The first year’s worth of Race to the Top funding was used to improve state education standards and teacher effectiveness, according to the news source. Now, nearly 2,400 educators are prepared for the CCSS. In addition, new teaching evaluations have been approved and a mentoring program has been instituted for first- and second-year instructors.

While Rhode Island has not yet achieved its education goals, Deborah Gist, state commissioner of elementary and secondary education, told the news outlet that she is confident it will.



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