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Response to madfloridian (Reply #14)

Wed Mar 20, 2013, 09:14 PM

17. I don't think this is an acurate characterization of "the database".

From my reading this is a "data base product", not a "centralized database" that resides on one massive server somewhere in Washington. What I gather is that each school sets up the database product for itself and then enters its own data into it.

If this is true, saying "the database holds files on millions of children" is like saying "The Excel spreadsheet program holds millions of financial files". Yep, there are Excel spreadsheets all over the world with all sorts of data, but they are all owned and operated by individual users and companies - not one massive spreadsheet somewhere.

Now, if I'm wrong, I would like to know what really is going on, but that is what I understand from reading the Rueters article.

There are many, many more millions of files on many, many, more millions of students all over the country - in all sorts of ad hoc data bases, spreadsheets, on paper in filing cabinets, note books that teachers keep. That's because schools keep records, they have to keep records, and they have been keeping records for hundreds of years. Doing so in a uniform and electronically assessable way seems like an improvement to me.

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