From data tracking, analysis, and reporting tools, to sophisticated computerized assessments, to test-prep programs and skills-building software, technology will play a key role in helping schools meet tough new accountability standards contained in the pending Elementary and Secondary Education Act, experts told eSchool News in the days following the bill's passage.

The final version of the legislation, expected to be signed into law by President Bush next week, authorizes $26.5 billion for elementary and secondary education in 2002, about $8 billion more than last year. It passed in the Senate Dec. 18 by a

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