Based on statewide standardized test scores, Idaho students with high exposure to computers are 2.4 months ahead of students who have little interaction with computers, according to results just in from a study of 35,885 eighth- and 11th-graders who have been in Idaho schools since 1994.

"That's $46 a year per child," said Mike Rush, state Division of Vocational Education administrator. "It's the price of a textbook."

The results are good news for proponents of technology in classrooms. Requested by Idaho lawmakers, the study indicates the state's $60 million investment in school technology is improving academic performance and


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