Illinois Race to the Top

State Programs and Projects Overview

Illinois is implementing 16 state initiatives order to ensure Participating Districts will be well positioned and prepared to offer all students a top-notch education that will prepare them for success in college, career, and in life in the 21st century. One of ISBE’s primary goals through RttT is to support the leading 32 Participating Districts that will build the systems and processes needed to accelerate and sustain improved student outcomes and building capacity to extend these reforms statewide. Race to the Top funding is being used to bolster Illinois’ ongoing work on projects and programs in the following areas:

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Standards and Assessments



Great Teachers and Principals



Data Systems that Measure Student Success


Building State Capacity and Supports