In terms of areas for improvement, NCTQ suggested "ensuring objective evidence of student growth as a determinant factor in teacher evaluations" and "report[ing] school-level data about teacher performance to help support the equitable distribution of teacher talent." (5) This means that RTTT was designed to alter teacher evaluations to be more responsive to teacher quality, not just unprofessional behavior.
Wohlstetter, Brown, and Duff (2017) reported that almost 80 percent of early state submitters are members of a testing consortium, such as the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, which was created during the RTTT competition.
Financial incentives will draw attention to this critical issue and motivate states that have resisted reform, just as incentives motivated reform through RTTT. (229) Financial assistance also will expand the potential reform options beyond what states could implement with their own state resources and will supply political cover for politicians who support reform.
"Dublin's RTTT commitments include the use of multiple, valid progress measures in all subject areas and grade levels to be included in a teacher's evaluation," says Jamie Meade, director of data and assessment.
Late in 2009, the Obama administration, through its Race to the Top (RttT) program, announced a competition for $350 million in grant money to spur the development of "next-generation" tests aligned to the Common Core.