San Diego's plan to reinvent teaching and learning echoes many of the key focal points of the Obama administration's plan for advancing school reform across the country. These include the adoption of common, rigorous standards that prepare students for college and the workforce; recruiting and retaining outstanding teachers; turning around low-performing schools; building statewide data systems to track students from kindergarten through the workforce; and promoting excellence and innovation in U.S. schools.

Statewide data systems

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act directs $250 million to the creation of statewide data systems, and the proposed FY2010 federal budget includes a request for nearly


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