ERIC Number: ED404992
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Advanced Telecommunications in U.S. Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, Fall 1996. Statistics in Brief.
Heaviside, Sheila; And Others
The "Survey of Advanced Telecommunications in U.S. Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, Fall 1996" collected information from 911 regular United States public elementary and secondary schools regarding the availability and use of advanced telecommunications, and in particular, access to the Internet, plans to obtain Internet access, use of advanced telecommunications by schools and teachers, and sources of support for advanced telecommunications in schools. This report presents selected data from the survey. Major findings of the survey include: (1) 65% of schools had Internet access; (2) 61% of elementary and 77% of secondary schools had Internet access; (3) large schools were more likely to have Internet capabilities than smaller schools; (4) suburban schools reported higher rates of Internet access than schools in rural areas or towns; (5) schools with high levels of students in poverty were less likely to be connected to the Internet; (6) 87% of schools without Internet access plan to have access by the year 2000, resulting in 95% of schools expecting to have Internet access by the year 2000; (7) 14% of all public school instructional rooms were connected to the Internet; (8) schools with Internet access varied in the number of rooms equipped with Internet capabilities, from one to more than five; (9) 20% of all teachers used advanced telecommunications for teaching; (10) 13% of schools have mandated advanced telecommunications training for teachers, 31% provide incentives for training, and 51% rely on teacher-initiated participation; and (11) funds from the school district support advanced telecommunications for 83% of schools. Data tables and standard error tables are provided. (Author/SWC)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Access to Information, Economic Factors, Educational Facilities, Educational Finance, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Information Sources, Information Technology, Inservice Teacher Education, Internet, Online Systems, Public Schools, School Location, School Size, School Statistics, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.