The state of Vermont has been awarded a $5 million federal education grant.
Gov. Peter Shumlin says the money will pay for an automated data collection system that will monitor students' progress and will save teachers time. Currently they must manually send paperwork to the Department of Education, but the new database will allow teachers to enter information electronically on a daily basis.
Vt. Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca says it will provide a better opportunity for educators and administrators to evaluate where students are struggling and succeeding.
"Know exactly what we're doing well, where we're doing it. What we're not doing so well and how we can use this central data collecting system to improve outcomes for Vermont students," said Shumlin, D-Vermont.
The system will be implemented in all schools kindergarten through 12th grade by 2015.