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Bridges4Kids LogoEd Yes! Report Cards Still Planned for September
Gongwer News Service, August 6, 2003
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Problems with a contractor developing a new database for Michigan Educational Assessment Program test scores has delayed release of those scores, but the Department of Education is still aiming at having report cards under the new Education YES! accreditation system to schools by mid-September, officials said Tuesday.

But the key issue now is ensuring the new database is accurately rendering the scores, not that they be ready on time, said Education spokesperson T.J. Bucholz.

"We're not really focused on a deadline," Mr. Bucholz said. "We are working right now almost 24 hours a day to make sure that we have reasonable assurance that we have accurate data."

Julie Kroll with the Department of Treasury, which houses the MEAP program, said the remaining issue is some student data without proper school codes attached. She said the contractor and state officials are working to correct the data and get reports out to schools to have them check the information.

"We really do feel as though we've isolated the things that we're looking at down to a very few," Ms. Kroll said. "I don't know as though we feel comfortable committing to another date."

The $1.2 million database contract is part of the development of the single record student database that will also allow the state to more easily track students as they move between districts in the state.

Though the Department of Management and Budget primarily deals with the contract details, Ms. Kroll said she was not aware of any penalties that had been levied against Enterprises Computing Systems, the company producing the database. "I don't think anything's been ruled out," she said. "What we're all focused on at this point is getting our product."

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