Category Archives: Data

Update: Frankenstein (Schoolnet) Now a Whopping 61 Million Dollars – Still Not Working.

20150323_082213“Poor management, poor decisions, and poor system functionality compounded themselves and prevented the goals for a statewide instructional management system from being realized,” said Director Rakesh Mohan of the Office of Performance Evaluations. “The net result is that the project has sunk costs of about $61 million, and the Department of Education and the Legislature are left with few options to consider when deciding the future of the program.”

Such was the scathing report issued by Rakesh Mohan, Director of Idaho’s Office of Performance Evaluations, to the legislature today on the current state of dysfunction regarding Schoolnet, Idaho’s Instructional Management System. Continue reading

Update: Frankenstein (ISEE) Idaho’s Longitudinal Data System Will Receive Life Support

Rakesh Mohan

Rakesh Mohan

Rakesh Mohan, Director of Idaho’s Office of Performance Evaluations (OPE), delivered a scathing report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee today regarding Idaho’s longitudinal data system, (Idaho System of Educational Excellence).

In short, OPE’s conclusions highlighted a series of misteps, starting from the beginning of development, to the current status-quo of dysfunction millions of dollars and years after the program began.

I’ve reported in the past on both ISEE and its classroom companion, Schoolnet previously.  Those posts are worth taking a look at for some history and context of how we arrived at the current problems we have today here and here.  Note:  The report covered today was exclusive to ISEE, not Schoolnet (although a report is coming soon on Schoolnet as well).

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Frankenstein: Idaho’s $42 Million Inept Data Monster

640px-Frankenstein's_monster_(Boris_Karloff)Idaho could benefit from examining the successful models of several States and hiring a professional grant writer and some technical experts who could better inform the development of a better-conceived application to fund the work that the State so desperately needs.

Such was the scathing critique by the US Department of Education when it rejected Idaho’s $21 million dollar grant request to develop Idaho’s big data longitudinal data collection system (Idaho System of Educational Excellence, or ISEE and its companion Schoolnet). Continue reading