Student ID system developed

Thursday, July 21, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:49 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

ST. LOUIS — Missouri public education officials are two-thirds of the way through a project to assign identification numbers to the state’s 905,000 public school students.

The 10-digit numbers, to be fully assigned by January, are designed to make it easier for school systems to track students and their standardized test scores.

Education officials say the program will ultimately save money and allow districts to collect more accurate data on educational progress by precoding student test booklets. The system is still voluntary for individual school districts. The system's $600,000 price tag will be covered by federal dollars.

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