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VT Gets Grant to Improve Education Data Gathering


Vermont is getting a $5 million federal grant for a new automated system that will allow it to better gather and report on information from every school in the state.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…

Officials say with the new system the state will be able determine, for example, how many students have taken geometry by ninth grade or attended full-day kindergarten.

A mechanism will allow schools and districts to send data they gather directly to the state where it will be immediately available. It will track students, teachers and courses from kindergarten through 12th grade and allow the state to better track student progress or lack of it.

Vermont is one of the last states to get a grant for the technology. Two years ago, the state's application was rejected.

I’m Pat Bradley, WAMC News.

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