ERIC Number: ED428755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Internet Access in Public Schools and Classrooms: 1994-98. Issue Brief.
In 1994, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) began surveying approximately 1,000 public schools each year about their access to the Internet, access in classrooms, and since 1996, their type of Internet connections. Based on these findings, this "Issue Brief" discusses the progress public schools have made toward meeting the goal of connecting every school to the Internet by the year 2000, the proportion of classrooms that are connected, and how schools are connecting. Results indicate that differences among public schools with Internet access have decreased in 1998; however, schools with the highest proportion of minority enrollments and schools with the highest proportion of students eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch continue to have fewer instructional rooms with Internet access. While the ratio of students per instructional computer is approaching the ratio recommended by the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology, the ratio of students to computer with Internet access is nearly double the recommended student to computer ratio. Public schools have shown a commitment toward securing more efficient means of connecting to the Internet; more schools are connecting to the Internet using dedicated lines than in previous years. Three figures chart the statistics. (AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Networks, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Internet, Public Education, Public Schools, School Surveys
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Goals 2000