Race to the Top

The Race to the Top Annual Performance Report Collection System and Visual Display is the official site for the US Department of Education’s Race to the Top program. States are awarded with grants for satisfying certain educational policies, such as performance-based standards for teachers and principals, complying with Common Core standards, lifting caps on charter schools, turning around the lowest-performing schools, and building data systems.

Each year Grantees or states are required to report their progress in implementing their comprehensive education reform plans. The data collection system allows states to easily submit their reporting data each year. The web-based tool then displays the reporting data in a clear and orderly organization of extensive and complex financial and statistical data for each participating state through the dynamic presentation of charts, graphs, tables and data visualizations. The database driven website enables up-to-date information display and real-time visualization as new data is entered into templates that were designed and developed by Informatics Studio. The site provides section-508 accessibility through the use of dynamically generated charts and diagrams in place of static graphics and text-based presentations of data.

The system also supports state progress, and comparisons between multiple program implementations, show trending, identify gaps and support self-tailored searches for meaningful evaluations of key program components, including investments versus outcomes.