Texas to Create Data System to Track Student Performance

EducationMichael S. DellDell Inc.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is giving $10 million to help Texas create a $60 million data system to track student performance.

The foundation, created by Dell Inc. founder Michael Dell and his wife, and state officials announced the gift Tuesday.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that the system will give educators access to complete academic, attendance, disciplinary and state testing records for individual students.

Texas Education Agency officials say the system will allow teachers and principals to intervene early with struggling students. Officials say they will apply for $50 million in federal stimulus funds to help pay for the system.

The project could be available statewide in the next six years.

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