Edutopia senior producer Grace Rubenstein considers in this blog post how the outcome of the Race to the Top competition will trickle down to students. A look at the winning states and their reform plans provides an overview of the nation's priorities for improving schools -- from easing restrictions on charter schools to adopting merit pay for teachers. But the real impact on students will likely depend on the measurements each state adopts to assess student learning and teacher effectiveness, Rubenstein predicts.

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