Nine states receive education technology grants

The Education Department has issued $15 million in grants to nine states that are testing how technology affects achievement in elementary and secondary schools.

The department issued the three-year grants under the Enhancing Education Through Technology program, established by the No Child Left Behind Act. Recipients are required to evaluate how their use of technology increases student achievement and to share this information with other states.

'These grants will help us better understand how various technologies are making a difference in teaching and learning,' Education secretary Rod Paige said in a statement. 'We don't want the mere acquisition of advanced education technologies to be the end game'we want it to be the starting point to apply proven strategies to develop more effective teaching and boost student achievement.'

The state education departments receiving grants are:

  • Arkansas'$1.8 million

  • Iowa'$1.9 million

  • Maine'$1.9 million

  • North Carolina'$1.5 million

  • Pennsylvania'$1.8 million

  • Tennessee'$1.7 million

  • Texas'$1.9 million

  • West Virginia'$1.4 million

  • Wisconsin'$1.6 million

  • Among the projects that will receive funds are an assessment of student and teacher use of technology to enhance mathematics learning in Maine, a study of online foreign language courses in West Virginia and programs to issue computers and provide Internet access to students in Pennsylvania and Texas.

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