The glitches in North Carolina's school data system are intensely interesting to some readers and deadly dull to others, depending on how much they affect your life. This post is for the first group.
Teachers, administrators and parents around the state have been complaining about the new system since the start of the school year. Keung Hui with the News & Observer got state officials' attention with a story last week detailing some of the frustrations, including those in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The state is now asking Pearson to refund some of the agreed-on $7.1 million first-year fee because of the problems.
Hui and I had both been asking our districts for details on the ongoing problems. Wake County Public Schools came through first. After the story ran, Philip Price, the Department of Public Instruction official in charge of PowerSchool, provided this response to the Wake issues, which are similar to those detailed by CMS this week.
For those trying to follow the twists and turns, here's Price's take on the issues and solutions, followed by the CMS list provided by data analyst Jay Parker.
- Academics – passing 70% of courses
- Dropout – haven’t dropped out
- Discipline – haven’t participated in specific disciplinary infractions like bringing incendiary device to campus