It sounds Orwellian, but it would provide a lot of useful feedback:
The federal government would assign every student in America a number, then follow them from kindergarten to college to work.
The massive database could keep track of how many students completed degrees, when they dropped out of college or how much of their own money they spent to make it to graduation.
The idea was proposed by the National Forum on Education Policy meeting in Denver. Congress is reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, which funds student aid, and wants more information on college graduation rates. It would be great to know more about high school completion rates as well.