On May 21, the U.S. Department of Education announced that Illinois will receive an $11.9 million federal stimulus grant to track student progress. Nineteen other states are included as recipients.
According to state and federal officials, when the program is fully operational, it will be possible to track a student's progress from early childhood through elementary school, high school, college and career.
Including the stimulus grant money and a $9 million federal grant from 2009, Illinois has close to $21 million available to create the tracking system.
The data collected from the system will meet federal privacy laws, but be available for parents, business owners, elected officials and community leaders, federal officials said.