In 2012, Gov. Bev Perdue recognized Mooresville Graded School District for its outstanding progress in the use of classroom technology and digital learning.
The Mooresville Graded School District implemented a full-scale sustainable digital conversion program after building support through weekly stakeholder meetings that included district and school level administrators, teachers, students, vendor partners and community leaders. MGSD focused heavily on professional development using ten early release days to train and reinforce the effective and safe use of technology, using 15-20 teachers in each school as ambassadors for the digital conversion program and having 90% of teachers voluntarily attend summer institutes to help facilitate the integration of technology. Mooresville uses a one-to-one (1:1) laptop program for teachers and students to “own” 24/7 for the school year for grades 3-12. Teachers use an online learning management system every day that includes Web 2.0 tools. In addition, students are trained to work at the help desk as an elective during school hours.
From 2007-2012 the graduation rate increased from 77% to 90% (3rd highest in the state at the time), the college going rate jumped from 74% to 88%, and student proficiency on EOG/EOC exams increased from 73% to 89%.