The state is working on a system to identify each student by a Georgia testing identifier code that tracks their progress from pre-school through age 20.
Dougherty County Schools Public Information Officer R. D. Harter says the state is already considered a leader in the nation for how it tracks 'No Child Left Behind' Data, but it's no guarantee it will result in more stimulus money for education.
"Georgia does and excellent job of record keeping, of student data collection and keeping and it will be seen whether the federal government will reward them by letting us further develop our system or reward states with less of an aggressive plan for keeping up with student records," said Harter.
Georgia will compete with other states for four billion dollars in what Education Secretary Arne Duncan calls Race to the Top Funds. In addition to data collection, turning around low performing schools, teacher quality, and creating international academic standards will also be looked at closely.
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