Congrats: Winners list is public now: DC, FL, GA HI, MD, MA, NY, NC, OH, RI.
Reminder: Round II finalists were: AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, HI, IL, KY, LA, MD, MA, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, RI, SC
Fallout: This list is causing some raised eyebrows already. Keep an eye out for questions questions about LA and CO and the relative strengths of their apps (and relative controversy around issues like teacher evaluation and holding schools of ed accountable) and also how New York went from not meeting the basic eligibility for the competition to being a winner.
Update: To be clear, we have to wait until all the scores are out but it seems that again the problem was not a thumb on the scale but rather a thumb off the scale and reviewers that didn’t reflect the administration’s avowed reform priorities.
Update II: Big winner is TFA? Obvious way: Teach For America is mentioned in all 12 winning applications from Round 1 and Round 2. Less obvious way: TFA has been pushing back on the move to make Title II teacher quality funding more based on competitive grants, they worry about an uneven grant process, going to be harder to argue with them now…
Update III: John Bailey spots some assessment competition implications, too.
Standing Disc: Bellwether personnel, including me, were involved in advising a number of states, winners and losers, about policy and strategy.