State auditors say Idaho wasted $61 million on a software system to track and improve student performance that doesn’t work for most districts.
In a report released last week, the office of performance evaluations found that the department gave all districts access to Schoolnet but did not provide enough financial support or technical training. The department then minimized the problems.
The report also found that the department was overly ambitious in the software it selected, which was not designed to serve as a statewide platform. And the department lacked any oversight to evaluate if the software was beneficial to schools.
A version of this article appeared in the April 01, 2015 edition of Education Week as Idaho Found to Waste Money on Software