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On technology, give Florida a B



077d40f8bad348d8b4a065e8e33be28e_2 When it comes to technology in schools, Florida rates above the national average, according to the newly released Education Week report Technology Counts. Along with North Dakota, the state gets a B grade, putting it tied for fourth in the ranking. Only West Virginia received an A. (To see the rankings, click here.)

The report also breaks out each state.

On access, Florida gets a B-minus, compared to the national average of C. On use, Florida gets its best mark, an A-minus, while the national average is a B-minus. And on the capacity to use technology - that's looking at state policies - the state earns a B, compared to the national average of a C.

Notably, Florida schools offer slightly higher access to computers for fourth-graders (97 percent) than the average (95 percent), but it falls off when it comes to eighth grade (81 percent with access compared to 83 percent).

Florida also has fewer students per computer than the national average. To see the Florida pages, click here. (Photo from Pinellas School District)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:38am]


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