Time ripens for much-needed school data system

A prudent investor would never consider buying shares of a company and then ignoring how the firm is performing in the marketplace.

By the same token, it would be foolhardy for the state to spend $70 billion each year to educate six million K-12 students but stubbornly refuse to monitor whether those kids are receiving the schooling they need to become productive members of society.

That, however, is exactly what the state’s politicians and educators have done for countless decades, spurning pleas for more data on how their financial inputs are affecting academic outcomes.

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