Missouri Gets Low Grades for Technology in Class Rooms

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri is no longer among the leaders in public-school classroom technology.

The state scored low or below average by the standards of Technology Counts, a report that Education Week magazine releases each year.

The magazine gave Missouri a C-minus for providing access to technology in classrooms. The national average was a ``C.''

Missouri fared even worse in the use of technology in education, getting a D-plus largely because districts do not provide computer-based assessments or test students on their knowledge of technology.

Deborah Sutton is director of instructional technology for the state's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She says Missouri deserves the grades it received.

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