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Arizona school data system to get upgrade with federal grant

Arizona’s school data system is getting an upgrade with money from the federal government.

The Arizona Republic reports a $5 million grant, along with funds from the state Legislature, will go toward replacing the state’s tracking system of student test scores and enrollment within public schools.

State Superintendent John Huppenthal said Monday the Student Accountability Information System is overburdened and outdated in tracking an estimated 1 million students.

The new system will eventually let the state link individual student test scores to teachers.

Huppenthal says the grant and the $6.6 million in state money would provide a fraction of the cost. The education department is seeking money from other sources.

Officials say Arizona is one of 24 states receiving funding to improve its data systems.

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