Tracking Data System Developments
Yesterday, Pearson announced that they had officially acquired the National Transcript Center, which is one of the largest national transcript and student record exchange providers. From the press release:
NTC’s comprehensive solution for securely exchanging electronic student transcripts and student records enhances Pearson’s ability to deliver integrated solutions to increase automation, digital workflow, and data quality in PK-20 education – enabling the development of longitudinal data systems to improve student success – a key element of President Obama’s education reform plan.
Indeed, creating electronic transcripts that can easily follow students from school to school and even from high school to college seems to fit right in with President Obama's plans. In fact, $250 million was added to the existing statewide longitudinal data system programs in the stimulus package. Read more about what's available for ed-tech in the stimulus package in Michelle Davis' story here.