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Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the winners of the second round of the Race to the Top competition.

The 10 winning Phase 2 applications are: the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island.

During the second phase of the competition, 35 states and the District of Columbia applied for a portion of the $3.4 billion remaining funds. That list dwindled down to 19 finalists last month. The 10 winners were decided based on the scores they received from peer-review panels. All the winners received a score of more than 440 out of a possible 500. In the first phase of the competition, only the two winners, Delaware and Tennessee scored above 440.

The 10 winning applicants have adopted rigorous common, college- and career-ready standards in reading and math, created pipelines and incentives to put the most effective teachers in high-need schools, and all have alternative pathways to teacher and principal certification.

The $4.35 billion Race to the Top Fund includes $4 billion for statewide reform grants and $350 million to support states working together to improve the quality of their assessments, which the Department plans to award in September.

Sources: ABC News and the Department of Education

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Here is this week’s video pick:

I am What I Learn

The Department of Education announced a student video contest called “I am What I Learn,” asking students to inspire others with their stories.

In the video, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asks students to create a video about why education is important in fulfilling a student’s dreams and the steps they will take to make their dreams become a reality.

He also wants students to be honest, creative and inspiring and students can submit their videos by logging on to www.ed.gov/IamWhatILearn. Submissions will no longer be accepted after November 2, 2009.

Advocates for Educational Technology think it’s a great way to reach the new digital generation and help students expand their 21st century skills. What do you think NSSEA members?

I am What I Learn

For more information about video contest, visit: http://www.ed.gov/iamwhatilearn/index.html.

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