Digital education in NC

Feb 14, 2012

Schools in Mooresville, N.C., are in the news for being tops in the country for infusing computer learning with the classroom.

According to a Monday story in The New York Times that highlighted elementary schools, the Mooresville school district about 20 miles north of Charlotte is emerging as the national model for digital education.

“This is not about the technology,” Mark Edwards, superintendent of Mooresville Graded School District, would tell the visitors later over lunch. “It’s not about the box. It’s about changing the culture of instruction — preparing students for their future, not our past.”

The district’s investment in personal computers for elementary children is paying off, according to the story.

The district’s graduation rate was 91 percent in 2011, up from 80 percent in 2008. On state tests in reading, math and science, an average of 88 percent of students across grades and subjects met proficiency standards, compared with 73 percent three years ago. Attendance is up, dropouts are down. Mooresville ranks 100th out of 115 districts in North Carolina in terms of dollars spent per student — $7,415.89 a year — but it is now third in test scores and second in graduation rates.

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