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February 14, 2012 AT 11:48 am

Mooresville School District, a Laptop Success Story

Pt 656

Mooresville School District, a Laptop Success Story @ NYTimes.com.

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.

This is pretty impressive, laptops aren’t cheap – but things like Arduinos are less expensive. It would be interesting to see what would happen if/when low-cost microntrollers get added in addition to laptops.


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