Report: $61 Million Wasted On Idaho's Student Data Tracking System

Mar 24, 2015

Legislative auditors say Idaho wasted $61 million on a software system to track and improve student performance that doesn't work for most districts.

However, a top Idaho State Department of Education official on Tuesday says the blame does not rest with the agency's current administration.

In a new report released Monday, legislative auditors found that the department gave all school districts access to Schoolnet but did not provide enough financial support or technical training. The department then minimized the system's problems.

Department legislative liaison Tim Corder tells a joint legislative panel that the recent findings on the system, called Schoolnet, were accurate.

However, Corder added that former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna led the poor roll out of the program.