The U.S. Department of Education has approved Hawaii’s request to amend a number of projects under the State’s Race to the Top (RTTT) plan.
The amendments approved on Feb. 10 included:
• Reallocating $1 million for a Community Access Website Portal.
• Launching a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) virtual center by July 2013, rather than July 2011.
• Shifting $1.6 million from the Hawaii Partnership for Educational Research Consortium project to provide free Extended Learning Opportunities for students in the Zones of School Innovation, beginning this summer.
Each state’s RTTT amendment letters may be viewed on the U.S. DOE website at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop/amendments/index.html.
The U.S. DOE will review Hawaii’s RTTT progress during an on-site visit scheduled from March 27-30. Federal officials will look at the five RTTT specific assurance areas to determine whether the state is meeting deliverables outlined in its scope of work. In addition, the U.S. DOE will conduct a fiscal review and reassess Hawaii’s “high-risk” status.