State To Assign Individual ID Numbers To All Students

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state is preparing to assign an identification number to all 1.8 million Ohio public schoolchildren.

The Statewide Student Identifier system will help the state track students' academic performance and comply with new federal education standards pushed by President Bush.

The state has contracted with PWC Consulting to assign each student a number.

Creating the ID numbers will require the students' name, birthdate, gender, native language and ethnicity.

Department spokesman J.C. Benton said that the state will collect student data based on the ID number and study which programs are effective and which students need extra help.

Benton said that the system is protected by the most advanced technology available for ensuring privacy.

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