An educational research consultant is giving Idaho's public schools a favorable review for their progress on meeting most of the goals of a statewide educational technology initiative.

The state has spent $56 million on the initiative in the past five years.

Overall progress has been good, said John Mergendoller of the Buck Institute for Education. But schools have made less progress toward the initiative's evaluation and systems support objectives than the other six goals because those goals demand expertise rarely found in the schools and require time and money not anticipated, Mergendoller said.

"If statewide


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