ERIC Number: ED396877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
New Generation System. "An Interstate Information Network Serving America's Children."
Texas A and I Univ., Kingsville.
The New Generation System (NGS) is a computer network developed to transfer academic records of migrant students. NGS was developed as a result of the phasing out of the Migrant Student Record Transfer System. NGS is backed by a 29-state consortium that uses the Internet to transfer records because of its speed, availability, and cost-effectiveness. The system includes a computer interface that is "user friendly"; speed enhancement features making it possible to obtain student records from another state within minutes; security features including password authentication and systems that prevent data from being compromised while in transit; and continuous efforts at maintaining data integrity. In addition, NGS is capable of generating over two dozen reports that can be sent immediately to the user. A module to be implemented in the future will allow NGS users to design their own reports tailored to their data needs. NGS is cost-effective in that full funding is provided through a state membership fee. The only cost incurred by the school district is connection to the Internet. NGS is the first of the migrant data systems to pioneer the development of an Inter-System Communication package that allows NGS and the California migrant database to communicate. This allows users of NGS to access California migrant records as if they were a part of NGS. It is hoped that all state systems will adopt this package and give users access to records of migrant students nationwide. The future of NGS includes multimedia features in which users will be able to see a photo of the student, hear the student read, and view scanned papers of the students' work. Includes information for connecting to NGS. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas A and I Univ., Kingsville.