IPMIS isn't so much a new database or network as it is a new application of data that the state already collects, such as statistics on academic achievement, wage and employment records and demographics.
Before the development of IPMIS, which costs about $500,000 a year to operate and update, it was left up to school administrators to do their own follow-up studies.
The IPMIS represents an "agreement" between local educational agencies and the state office.
That doesn't mean the state isn't looking carefully at the data IPMIS produces.
When IPMIS was being developed, educators at the local level were very skeptical.
IPMIS architects knew the system had to be user friendly.
Searching IPMIS data, she found that about 30 percent were not showing up as working or going to school.
IPMIS is not created around one program's data needs.