Earlier this fall, New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced that five international high-tech companies had entered into investment agreements, totaling $4.4 billion, with the state. The governor boasted that the agreements would make New York “the epicenter for the new generation of computer-chip technology.” However, when it comes to using computer technology to teach its new generation of young people, New York is a straggler to the digital-learning revolution.
In a national report card issued in October, the Florida-based Foundation for Excellence in Education analyzed the performance of states across 72 different categories related to digital learning. These categories focused on government barriers affecting student access, teacher certification, and other issues. The report card gave grades of “achieved,” “partially achieved,” and “not yet achieved” to state actions in each category. In only 15 of the 72 categories did New York score an “achieved” rating. Meanwhile, out of the 72 categories, Florida scored an “achieved” rating in 41 of them, while Pennsylvania scored an “achieved” rating in 40.
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