Looking to eliminate inflated drop-out rates, a White Plains, N.Y. company has rolled out a product that enables state education departments to track and identify students who travel among participating states in order to determine whether a student has dropped out of school or not.
Called eScholar Interstate ID eXchange, it is currently being used in Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. It helps identify, share or verify data on students who have relocated outside of state lines, especially those students who have moved without notifying their district.
The product also helps districts receive credit for students who would otherwise be deemed to have dropped out of school.
“eScholar is playing a pivotal role in helping identify and track students once they fall off of the radar,” said Jay Pennington, Iowa Department of Education. It allows agencies “to proactively search and identify students while at the same time also protecting privacy.”
eScholar collects student identification data, removes duplicates and assigns unique student identifiers. This includes identifying and managing identifiers throughout a student’s academic career across schools, districts, and now states.