Race to the Top


    In August 2010, Ohio became one of 11 states and the District of Columbia to win a Race to the Top grant.  Ohio was the only Midwestern state to be selected.  In January 2011, Ohio was awarded $400 million over a four year period by the U.S. Department of Education.  There are more than one million students enrolled in the 175 public charter schools, 304 local school districts, and one STEM school that are participating in Ohio's Race to the Top plan.


    Ohio's Race to the Top Strategy    


    Ohio has a vibrant history of setting ambitious but achievable goals in the face of daunting challenges. From the Underground Railroad to space exploration, Ohio has pursued its future with courage, fortitude and intelligence. Ohio is once again at the forefront of innovation. Together, we are transforming our state’s education system. We are now front and center in the national spotlight poised to deepen our work through our Race to the Top strategy.

    This is an exhilarating moment, and the Ohio Department of Education is proud to be partners in the complex but meaningful work with your districts and community schools. The ultimate success of Ohio’s Race to the Top strategy lies within the leadership of our participating districts and schools. Race to the Top is a strategy for the entire state, but each of you will drive the change which will propel our work to the next level.

    While we have a great opportunity, we also realize that this is no small challenge and the clock is ticking. Ohio’s children cannot wait and we must act boldly now. Over the next four years, our goals are to reduce achievement gaps, increase high school graduation rates, and increase college enrollment. Specifically, we aspire to: 

    • Increase high school graduation rates by .5% per year

    • Reduce graduation rate gaps by 50%

    • Reduce performance gaps by 50%

    • Reduce the gap between Ohio and the best-performing states in the nation by 50%

    • More than double the increase in college enrollment for 18 and 19 year olds.

    These goals require our best thinking and renewed focus. We will need the support and success of every participating district and school in order to achieve these challenging goals. Together we will ensure that our transformative work will result in Ohio students realizing greater successes in school and life.




Last Modified on May 8, 2018