The annual Broad Prize for Urban Education--the largest education prize in the United States, which honors the nation's most improved urban school district--has been awarded to Texas' Brownsville Independent School District for its outstanding achievement gains, and district officials say technology has played a large part in that success.

The district outperformed others in the state and increased student achievement in math and reading, while simultaneously closing achievement gaps--and the Broad (rhymes with "road") Prize selection committee found that Brownsville stood out among other finalists during evaluations.

"We try to use as much technology as we can to impact education in the...

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