The 76-page report, "Fundamental Change: Innovation in America's Schools Under Race to the Top," highlights success stories, particularly when it comes to changing practices among teachers and better results for students. According to the report, "Every Race to the Top state made progress toward meeting the goals established in its application, and every state faced challenges in meeting its goals."
One criticism of the report, which focuses on the $4 billion distributed to 11 states and the District of Columbia under the first two phases of the program, is that it leaves out, or only briefly addresses, several controversial issues where recipients stumbled or backtracked. Chief among them: teacher evaluations and policies linked to the Common Core State Standards, especially assessments. This critique is available from EdWeek.