RACE TO THE TOP EVALUATION
The Race to the Top (RttT) evaluation will collect quantitative and qualitative data to inform continuous improvement of RttT initiatives as well as to inform future program, policy, and funding decisions, including potential removal of policy barriers and the development of policies that support reforms. The evaluation questions and plans have been developed in close consultation with the North Carolina Office of the Governor, the North Carolina State Board of Education, the Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), and the Governor's Education Transformation Commission.
The evaluation is a central component of North Carolina's RttT plan. Working in partnership with local education agencies (LEAs) and charter schools, the state will be able to obtain an accurate assessment of RttT implementation and impacts over time.
Race to the Top Evaluation Consortium
The Consortium for Educational Research and Evaluation – North Carolina (CERE-NC) will conduct the evaluation of the implementation of NC's RttT plan.
The SERVE Center (UNC-Greensboro), the Carolina Institute for Public Policy (UNC-Chapel Hill), and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation (North Carolina State University) formed the Consortium for Educational Research and Evaluation – North Carolina (CERE-NC) to support their ongoing collaborative efforts to conduct research and evaluation of public education in North Carolina. The Consortium pursues opportunities to improve the education of the students of North Carolina by providing relevant, accurate, and timely research to policymakers, educators, parents, and students.
The Consortium originally formed in 2010 to utilize the diverse expertise and capacities of the three partner organizations to provide the breadth, depth, and rigor needed to conduct research and evaluation activities required by North Carolina's Race to the Top proposal to the U.S. Department of Education.
Additional information about CERE-NC and the RttT evaluation may be found at www.cerenc.org/.