Results of Independent Study of West Virginia's Technology Program to Be Released March 23rd

March 15, 1999

The West Virginia Department of Education will conduct a press conference at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 23, in the Theatre of the Cultural Center, Capitol Complex, Charleston, to release the landmark findings of an independent study that analyzes student achievement in West Virginia's Basic Skills/Computer Education Program.  

The study was commissioned by the Milken Family Foundation of Los Angeles and was conducted by Interactive, Inc of New York. Conference guests will include State Superintendent Dr. Henry Marockie, State Board President James MacCallum, Gov. Cecil Underwood, former Gov. Gaston Caperton (invited), Milken Family Foundation Senior Vice President Dr. Lewis Solmon, and Columbia University Professor Dr. Dale Mann who led the study.  

Since 1990, West Virginia's Basic Skills/Computer Education Program has placed more than 29,000 computers in K-6 classrooms. It is considered the nation's longest-running state program for the implementation of technology in education.  

The study analyzes the link between the use of learning technology and higher student achievement. It marks the first time a long-term statewide technology program has been assessed for its effectiveness

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