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Education Commissioner Rolls Out New Student Data Base System in Lubbock

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (TX) (02/20/14) Gross, Natalie

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams rolled out a new state database program on Feb. 19, which will provide a central location where teachers can look up students' classes, grades, attendance, and parent contact information, among other things. Teachers can use the database to put students on a watch list if they are not meeting their goals, and administrators can use it to access teachers' certification, experience, and other information. Districts can implement the dashboards at no cost, which Williams attributes to a combination of two federal grants and a private grant. All school districts in the state will have access to the system on a voluntary basis by the 2016-17 school year. "Ongoing, we think there's a commitment from the legislature for this particular program to continue," he said.
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