State education departments collect mountains of data from their school districts to prepare federal reports, a tedious and cumbersome task regardless of the number of districts. To facilitate the process, the Georgia Department of Education recently hired Steve Gabrielson as its data-mining and warehousing specialist.

Gabrielson sees Georgia as leading the pack nationally, because the state is "very cutting edge" in its data-collection methods. Districts submit data to the state over the internet, with certain elements in specified fields. This format may be different than the format originally used to store the data.

The department's "data...

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