In 2012, Gov. Bev Perdue recognized Asheboro High School for its outstanding progress in the use of classroom technology and digital learning.
The district approached technology in three phases: First, building the infrastructure, such as wireless networks, and then adding the hardware. Finally, teachers received extensive professional development integrating technology into the classrooms. Every student in grades 4-12 in Asheboro City Schools is issued a laptop computer. Technology is seamlessly integrated into the learning process and used to solve real-world problems. For example, in English classes, software is used to analyze writing skills and Earth Environmental classes engage in “webquests” from NASA to study weather patterns. Administrators say technology is the tool, not the showpiece.
Asheboro High School’s graduation rate has improved from 75.9 percent in 2008 to 85.1 percent in 2012. Also, the school’s dropout rate decreased from 5.4 percent to 2.9 percent. The school made ABC high growth after four consecutive years of no recognition while implementing the use of technology.