After a few years of trying, the state of Louisiana is now one of seven states that will receive "Race To The Top" program money.

Louisiana education officials say the state will getting a little more than 17 million dollars.  The purpose of the "Race To The Top Program" is to give states who are having trouble with education numbers more financial support to help improve the education of students within the state.

That state will be starting a new teacher evaluation program in 2012.