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Schools Computer An $80M 'Disaster'

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Schools Computer An $80M 'Disaster'

The school system's new $80 million computer super system to track student performance has been a super debacle, teachers and principals say.

 

Nearly six months after the Department of Education unveiled the "first of its kind" data-management system, the city's 80,000 teachers have yet to log on because of glitches and delays.

 

School officials couldn't say when teachers would be ready for the system, known as ARIS - Achievement Reporting and Innovation System. One of its touted benefits was to enable educators to pinpoint student weaknesses and address them.

 

But while small teams of five to 10 administrators at each school have had access to the IBM-designed system for a number of months, many principals have complained that it runs slowly, lacks vital information, and is often too frustrating to use.

 

Full story: nypost_logo.gif icon_offsite.png - February 27, 2008

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they should beta-test all new technology for everything on smaller systems before they dump it on a huge major system like NYC. they could have tested this in some small rural town board of education with lesser students before dumping it on us

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