Stimulus funds have helped states make headway on some key goals, the first annual reports detailing stimulus spending show. Thirteen states say they now have improved statewide longitudinal data systems, while all states say they are doing a better job of equitably distributing top teachers to poor schools. However, 17 states say they have not made progress on developing adequate testing accommodations for English-language learners or students with special needs. Overall, school districts report spending 70% of the funds on salaries and benefits.

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