Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation is giving $25 million to Idaho to help better track student achievement and fulfill its cash commitment to the Idaho Education Network. The investment announced Wednesday includes $21 million to the Idaho Department of Education to pay for software designed to improve the performance of students and teachers. The software is designed and distributed by SchoolNet Inc., a private New York company. Albertson Foundation Executive Director Jamie MacMillan says the SchoolNet tool will improve the way schools monitor real-time student progress and teacher effectiveness in a consistent and timely manner. The grant also covers the remainder of the foundation's $6 million pledge toward the $60 million cost for installing broadband infrastructure statewide for the IEN. The network links public schools, universities and businesses.