KENNEDY, KERRY ANNOUNCE NEARLY $2.3 MILLON IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry announced today that $2,269, 286 has been awarded to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Information Services and Technology by the U.S. Department of Education. These funds will be used to improve the Massachusetts Student Information Management System, which compiles and stores data on each student in Massachusetts public schools. The federal grant is for the year that began March 1, and U.S. Department of Education indicates that grants for the next two years would follow.
Senator Kennedy said, "Our public education system must be modernized to give every child in America a better chance in today's troubled economy. Education is the door to opportunity, and I commend Governor Patrick and the Massachusetts Department of Education for leading the way to improve the quality of education in our schools."
"We welcome this down payment towards the success of our children," Senator Kerry said. "The Massachusetts Department of Education will be able to invest in the best available technology to determine what's working in the classroom and what isn't. I commend the U.S. Department of Education for giving our state's teachers more tools to help make good on the promise of a world class education for every child in Massachusetts."
Data are collected on things such as enrollment, test scores, course completion, gender, and ethnicity from each student and is kept for their entire school career. This information is valuable, as it enables schools to meet federal and state reporting requirements and most importantly, will lead to a greater understanding of the types of educational programs and services that are most effective for children across the country. For more information, please visit http://www.doe.mass.edu/infoservices/data/sims/.