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W.Va. earns solid grade in technology report

CHARLESTON -- West Virginia and five other states have earned top honors in the 2012 Digital States Survey of technology practices of state governments.

The state Department of Education says the report gave an "A" to Michigan and Utah, while California, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia received an "A-minus".

The grades were based on technology strategy, return on investment, demonstrated progress, innovation and creativity, and collaboration.

Among the report's highlights in West Virginia were a collaboration among the West Virginia Network, higher education and state agencies on a statewide telecom network.

Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple says the state must be vigilant to ensure its schools have access to the latest technology and bandwidth.

The report was released by the nonprofit Center for Digital Government, a research and advisory institute.


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