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In 2012, Gov. Bev Perdue recognized Rutherford County Schools for its outstanding progress in the use of classroom technology and digital learning. 

In 2008, the Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education established a Blue Ribbon Commission to develop a sustainable plan for technology integration, including funding for the 1:1 laptop initiative.  All students and teachers in middle schools and high school participate in the laptop initiative.  In addition to this infrastructure investment, the district has developing common pacing guides to support Common Core, identifying applications for technology in all content areas, and designing web based lessons related to Common Core and Essential Standards.  Professional development for teachers was conducted through face-to-face, online and job-embedded activities.  School-based technology facilitators provided more than 134 professional development sessions. In addition, Rutherford County Schools partnered with World View, a public service center, to help educators prepare students to succeed in an interconnected, diverse, multicultural world.  

The graduation rate increased from 65.9% to 77.68% (2012-13) and EOC Composite Scores increased by 11%.  Grades 3-8 showed a 4.6% increase in Reading and increases in Math for most of the subgroups.