The Argus Leader reports that student research and writing are on the rise in South Dakota's laptop initiative, but test scores aren't seeing the same benefit, state Education Department officials told legislators Sept. 23.The Government Operations and Audit Committee heard a report about Classroom Connections, Gov. Mike Rounds' initiative to provide laptop computers for each high school student."We're seeing an increased amount of research by students on the internet," said Wade Pogany, who directs curriculum and technology programs for the agency. That was one goal of the laptop initiative, he said. Another was improving "21st-century skills" such as problem-solving, collaboration,


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