The federal stimulus money for education is prompting states, much more than before, to embrace reforms promoted by the U.S. Department of Education, reports the Christian Science Monitor. In particular, states are moving to better track students' progress and to use rigorous assessment tests. These conclusions are drawn from a new study by the Center on Education Policy (CEP) in Washington. The report sizes up the impact so far of the $100 billion in stimulus money that has started going to education. These funds include the $5 billion in Race to the Top grants, which will be awarded in a


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