The technology programs in the Kent School District are supported by the state-funded Replacement Technology Levy, which provides $7 million to $8 million. The district has used these funds to equalize students’ access to technology since 2004, when school leaders launched a pilot one-to-one notebook program at the Kent Technology Academy. The program has since been expanded to include every student in the district, starting in seventh grade. This fall, more than 11,000 notebooks were distributed, according to the district.
Initiatives like these have been shown to improve student engagement in the classroom, according to Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students’ Learning, a recent report by the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington, D.C.–based policy organization. The report concludes with five guidelines, and topping the list is a recommendation that districts adopt a one-to-one device policy.
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