Schools in Mooresville, N.C., have become models of digital education since it started a laptop program three years ago. Officials said the program has led to steady improvement in student performance, including higher graduation rates, test scores and attendance. "Other districts are doing things, but what we see in Mooresville is the whole package: using the budget, innovating, using data, involvement with the community and leadership," said Karen Cator, director of educational technology for the U.S Education Department. "There are lessons to be learned."

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