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A database funded primarily by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is aiming to compile markers of students' academic careers in one place. Ed-tech entrepreneurs are excited by the prospect of access to data that would help them produce better products, but parents are worried about keeping their children's personal information safe. Technology is making the goal of personalized learning more accessible, but there are risks too.

Credit: Reuters/Adrees Latif A guard helps a student cross an intersection in Pelham, New York February 8, 2013. But the most influential new product may be the least flashy: a $100 million database built to chart the academic paths of public school students from kindergarten through high school.

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