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Teaching Kids: Henry County School Lets Students Set Own Pace

The school’s computer-based approach could be replicated across the state if education reformers appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal get their way. There’s no conclusive evidence that it works better than traditional methods, but there is a growing group of proponents in other states. Many wonder whether it will prove too expensive, widening the gap between schools that can and cannot afford it, but advocates say it doesn’t have to be costly.

Locust Grove Principal Anthony Townsend believes his students are more engaged and learning more under the new approach. He says test data back that up. In 2014, students who participated in the computerized component of the program had 2 percentage pointhigher pass rates in math, English and reading than students who did not. The pass rates in social studies and science were each 9 percentage points higher.