May 29, 2007

Olympia School District to track students with database

The database was invented by one Charles Bachman, circa 1960. Only forty-seven years later, the Olympia School District decided to utilize database technology to track students on the brink.
“We think this will help us discover problems that students have sooner,” she said. “I think the sooner we can get to know our students academically, emotionally and socially, the better we can help them.”

High school counselors are expected to have the database as a resource starting this fall, McCauley said. He said the district also might consider expanding it to include incoming middle school students as they make the transition from elementary school.
What's frightening is that in upgrading to a database, our district is probably ahead of the curve.

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