- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Education Department says Maryland has taken important steps in implementing its $250 million Race to the Top grant and has shown encouraging signs, but a department progress report says the state faced multiple challenges in the third year of the initiative.

The department is releasing a progress report Wednesday.

It says Maryland continued to score well above the national average on the National Assessment of Educational Progress last year.

But the report says Maryland has been slow to develop and implement tools to adjust instruction and improve learning.

The report also says Maryland faces challenges implementing teacher and principal evaluation systems.

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