WNBC of New York reports that New York City will spend $80 million on a massive supercomputer that will crunch huge amounts of data and offer up-to-the-minute reports to teachers, principals, and eventually parents, in an effort to better understand student performance. The information fed into the IBM-designed system, called ARIS, could include existing data on students–such as gender, race, and any disabilities–along with new data from incremental testing. City and state officials praised the system, but others–including city teachers union President Randi Weingarten–have decried its steep price tag …

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