To ensure that its at-risk students have a better chance to succeed, Hine Junior High School in Washington, D.C., is using a sophisticated web-based portal system to track a wide range of student information. District officials say the portal system, which is being provided by Sequoia Software Corp. of Columbia, Md., could serve as a model for use throughout the city.

Called the Education and Youth Services (EYS) portal, the system uses Sequoia's XML Portal software to create a central gateway for administrators, teachers, counselors, and youth services personnel to access comprehensive information about students. The project's organizers

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