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Education Data Systems Get Big Boost in Stimulus

March 12, 2009 1 min read

At Edweek.org, my colleague Michele McNeil has a piece with the details on the $250 million in stimulus cash for education data systems.

The topic was featured in President Obama’s March 10 education address, Michele reports.

“Far too few states have data systems like the one in Florida that keep track of a student’s education from childhood through college. And far too few districts are emulating the example of Houston and Long Beach, and using data to track how much progress a student is making and where that student is struggling,” Mr. Obama said in his speech to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The article summarizes the requirements in the package, including that states develop longitudinal data systems. It will be interesting to see the plans states submit to win their share of the new money, and how they propose they will meet the list of “assurances” that they will use the money wisely.

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