ERIC Number: ED417698
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Internet Access in Public Schools. Issue Brief.
Bare, John; Meek, Anne
In order to measure Internet access in U.S. public schools, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) surveyed a nationally representative sample of public schools in 1994. Subsequent surveys in 1995, 1996, and 1997 enabled NCES to track growth in this area. This Issue Brief presents information on: how much progress the schools have made in connecting to the Internet; the availability of Internet access in instructional rooms; the outlook for achieving Internet access by 2000; the educational and community groups that are supporting telecommunications in the schools; and the challenges that remain for educators as schools obtain Internet access. The percentage of U.S. public schools with Internet access increased from 35% in fall 1994 to 78% in fall 1997. The percentage of schools with Internet access that had access in five or more instructional rooms increased from 25% in 1996 to 43% in 1997. Data from 1996 indicated that 87% of schools that lacked Internet capabilities planned to obtain Internet access by 2000. Parents, community members, local businesses, and not-for-profit groups provide assistance to schools in acquiring Internet access and other advanced telecommunication services. Challenges for educators include providing technical support; ensuring teachers and administrators have time for and access to staff development; increasing the effective use of the Internet to support student learning; and protecting students from inappropriate material on the Internet. (SWC)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Internet, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, School Statistics, Statistical Analysis, Tables (Data), Technology Integration, Telecommunications
Phone: 1-800-424-1616; electronic version: http://www.NCES.ed.gov/
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.