Race To The Top Phase Two Winners

August 24, 2010 | Blog

UPDATED 11:28 a.m. CDT

The complete list of 10 winning applicants:

District of Columbia
New York
North Carolina
Rhode Island

Here is the official U.S. Department of Education press release and the list of Phase Two scores:

Phase Two Winners:
1. MA – 471.0
2. NY – 464.8
3. HI – 462.4
4. FL – 452.4
5. RI – 451.2
6. DC – 450.0
7. MD – 450.0
8. GA – 446.4
9. NC – 441.6
10. OH – 440.8
11. NJ – 437.8
12. AZ – 435.4
13. LA – 434.0
14. SC – 431.0
15. IL – 426.6
16. CA – 423.6
17. CO – 420.2
18. PA – 417.6
19. KY – 412.4

This was an especially competitive round. And, as you can see above, there was NOT a natural cut-off point in the scores between successful applicants and unsuccessful ones. That’s got to make the loss sting all the more for states such as New Jersey, Arizona, Louisiana and South Carolina especially. Just three points separate a funded state (Ohio) and a non-funded state (New Jersey)!

I am most surprised by the inclusion of Hawaii among the winners, but I was impressed by the strength and comprehensiveness of the teaching/leadership portion of its application. It will be interesting to see a full analysis of its very high score — third highest, trailing only Massachusetts and New York.

The biggest shock to me is the absence of Illinois in the winners’ circle. I felt that it had put together one of the more compelling applications and had been ranked 5th overall in Phase One. South Carolina is another strong contender that missed out; it had the 6th highest ranked application in Phase One.


  1. Reply

    Patrick Riccards

    August 24, 2010

    States like Hawaii and even Arizona should be applauded for making such improvements to their plans. HI improved its score nearly 100 points, and AZ (though it didn't win) nearly 200! That is a commitment to real reform.

    And absolutely agree on IL. But what is interesting there is that they scored nearly the same points this round as last (picked up three points in Phase Two). I thought they had the top app in Phase One. But other states really brought game to Phase Two, making huge changes and scoring HUGE improvements. IL simply tried to hold its ground. Unfortunately, that meant others leapfrogged.

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    Liam Goldrick

    August 25, 2010

    Good analysis, Patrick. I agree with your description of how the dynamic evidently played out. I am just surprised by some of the states that bypassed the likes of Illinois in the scoring. From albeit limited reads of their applications, I don't quite see how Hawaii and New York, for example, scored not just higher than Illinois, but so much higher as to knock IL out of the winners' circle entirely.

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    Online Degrees

    August 25, 2010

    I agree Liam, how did New York score higher...really!

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