Tracking Your Children, Tracking Their Adults

SEATTLE, Wash. – Washington state education officials know a lot more about your kids than they ever knew about you.

They can now track a child from kindergarten through college enrollment. Soon they will be able to tell you everything about every kid who has gone to school in Washington from preschool through their first job.

Everything includes schools they attended, every achievement test they passed or failed, their ethnic identity, whether they qualified for free lunch, what college they chose, if they had to take remedial courses, when they started college, and more.

For example, Seattle Public Schools can see in a new report from the Education Research & Data Center that about 22 percent of the Seattle class of 2009 who went on to college had to take remedial math classes.