May 1, 2014
Issue No.24
In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Key Dates
5/2 Project 8 Optional Letters of Intent Due

5/5 Project 3B: PreK-3rd Grade Systems RFP Issued

5/8 Education Results Network (ERN) Meeting (Special Race to the Top Update)

5/8 Next Generation Science Standards Implementation Task Force Meeting

5/12 Project 3B Information Session

5/15 Executive Committee Meeting

5/20 Project 3B Information Session

5/22 Project 3B Optional Letters of Intent Due

5/27 Read To Succeed Work Team Meeting (Deep Dive 1)

5/28 Project 8 Proposals Due

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About the Road Map Region Race to the Top Grant

In 2012, seven King County, Washington, school districts joined forces and won $40 million in federal Race to the Top funds over four years. The participating school districts are Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila. The districts dubbed themselves The Road Map District Consortium, a reference to their participation in the Road Map Project, a community-wide effort in South Seattle and South King County to drive major educational improvement with a focus on personalized learning.

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We have updates on several exciting Race to the Top activities! We have released a Progress Report showcasing the first year of Race to the Top work. In addition, the last in a series of communications highlighting our progress in the first year of Race to the Top implementation was released, and students across the region took part in SAT School Day. Finally, the Career Awareness RFP is now available.  
RTT Progress Report released
We are pleased to announce the publication of our first Progress Report! This useful document showcases all of the Race to the Top work in a single document.

The 2014 Race to the Top Progress Report highlights the consortium's goals, accomplishments from the first year of Race to the Top implementation, and the vision for students to experience significant improvements along the entire education continuum, from cradle to college and career. For more information, please see the Progress Report.

Systemic Approach to College and Career Readiness Strengthened by Race to the Top 'Stay Strong' Work
The final in a series of four press releases has been released highlighting the achievement of the first year of the region's Race to the Top grant. The grant's 'Stay Strong' work is focused on implementing strategies to help more students enroll in postsecondary education and be successful. To accomplish this goal, the consortium is offering all students the opportunity to take the ReadiStep, SAT and PSAT in school for free, expanding the Advanced Placement (AP) course selections for students and helping more teachers to get AP course training. Consortium members are also improving high school course selection by including more STEM, International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, world language and career certificate options. In addition, middle and high school guidance counselors are receiving training and being provided with counselor assistants to better serve more students.

As one result of this work, on April 16 about 7,700 students in Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton and Tukwila took part in SAT School Day. (SAT day for Seattle Public Schools occurred in February.) Through SAT School Day, students across the region took the College Board's SAT for free, a critical step in the college admissions process. Taking the SAT usually entails paying a $50 fee and spending several hours somewhere outside the school day. High school juniors were able to take the test free of charge, during the school day, at their schools. This was made possible through the use of Race to the Top grant funds and includes the registration fees, an online SAT-prep course and a healthy snack to students who registered.

For more detailed information on the work to improve access to college entrance exams, counselor support, and investment fund projects in specific districts, please see the press release. Congratulations to all the students who took part!

Project 5 Career Awareness RFP Released
On April 28, the first of two requests for proposals that will help build our regional career awareness and exploration system was released. This first RFP seeks online tools that students can use to learn more about their own skills and interests, and then research careers that focus on those strengths. The tools will offer such career information as associated educational requirements, job trends, annual wages and employment outlooks. In addition, accepted tools will offer information on post-secondary programs that support chosen careers.  
Proposals from appropriate providers are due on May 29. For more information, please see the Project 5 Doing Business page.

Please visit the Race to the Top Website!
Please remember to share the Road Map Region Race to the Top website with friends and colleagues! We regularly update content and add new resources. To access the website click here!

Stay Tuned!
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