If Race to the Top was really competitive, the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) states, including Rhode Island, would launch a withering attack on the bogus "international benchmarking" of the Common Core English standards -- asserting that every other state that tries to use these standards as part of their application should get no points for the relevant application items. That's a lot of points. If you actually click through the links and read all the other standards, it is pretty clear; but very time consuming, tedious case to make. It is like tracking down all the bogus footnotes in an Ann Coulter book.
Instead, this is all a competition within a sort of insider cartel. You'd probably need extra outside funding to be able to pay someone to do that comparative analysis -- but some McKinsey person being paid by Gates is not going to do that for you.