Georgia is getting pressure from the U.S. Education Department to follow through on promises the state made last year to win $400 million in the "Race to the Top" grant competition.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a draft progress report shows Georgia was slow to fill 21 jobs considered key to completing the state’s education reform plans. That means the state is about six months behind in piloting its teacher evaluation system, which begins next month.

The report notes that state officials are finding it difficult to communicate with the public about Race to the Top initiatives, which could create challenges when the new teacher evaluation system is rolled out statewide.