Mooresville, NC to many Davidson students serves as a one stop location to grab lunch and make a run to the local Walmart or Value Village to pick up items for the weekend. What many Davidson students may not know about Mooresville is that a digital revolution has been occurring over the past few years. Mooresville’s school district issued 4,400 MacBooks to its students 3 years ago, meant to serve as the primary source of its education for years to come.
This controversial test run has propelled Mooresville to the forefront of the conversation on American education and has shown a drastic increase in performance within the school district. In fact, Mooresville now ranks third in test scores and second in graduation rates. One may think that this comes at a steep price, but Mooresville actually ranks 100th out of 115 North Carolina school districts in terms of dollars spent per student. The notion behind the decision to go digital was to tailor education to the needs of the students. By pinpointing certain areas in which education was failing (boredom, lack of curiosity on behalf of the students), Mooresville was able to turn their system around and create a winning formula.