Small NC Town Sees Big Fame Among Educators Thanks To Technology
A town mostly known for its ties to NASCAR and close proximity to Charlotte, Mooresville, North Carolina has made a big name for itself in the education sector thanks to its adoption of technology. Since issuing laptops three years ago to the approximately 4,400 students in the school district, Mooresville ranks third in test scores and second in graduation rates among North Carolina's 115 school districts. In terms of budget, Mooresville ranks 110th out of 115 districts in terms of dollars spent per student since incorporating the technology into classrooms.
The laptops are beneficial to teachers with larger class sizes that are being impacted by budget cuts, allowing them to focus on students who are struggling and not limit their efforts to those that excel in a certain subject. “This is not just about the technology. It’s about changing the culture of instruction – preparing students for their future, not our past,” said the superintendent of Mooresville School District, Mark Edwards.
Additionally, providing Mooresville students with laptops has helped bridge racial performance gaps where some minority groups may not have access to technology needed to perform school projects.
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