ERIC Number: ED484400
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools and Classrooms: 1994?2003. ED TAB. NCES 2005-015.
Parsad, Basmat; Jones, Jennifer; Greene, Bernard
US Department of Education
This report presents key findings from the 2003 FRSS survey on Internet access in U.S. public schools and selected comparisons with data from previous FRSS Internet surveys. The 2003 survey, covered the following topics: (1) school connectivity, including school and classroom access to the Internet, types of connections, and computer hardware, software, and Internet support; (2) student access to computers and the Internet, including student to computer ratio, computer availability outside of regular school hours, the provision of hand-held computers, and laptop computers available for loan; (3) school websites; (4) technologies and procedures to prevent student access to inappropriate material on the Internet; and (5) teacher professional development on how to integrate the use of the Internet into the curriculum. Questionnaires for the survey "Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools, Fall 2003" were mailed to a representative sample of 1,207 public schools in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Detailed information about the survey methodology is provided in appendix A, and the questionnaire can be found in appendix B. The primary focus of this report is to present national estimates for selected topics in 2003 and statistically significant findings over time. In addition, selected survey findings are by the following school characteristics: (1) instructional level (elementary, secondary); (2) school size (enrollment of less than 300, 300 to 999, 1,000 or more); (3) locale (city, urban fringe, town, rural); (4) percent minority enrollment (less than 6 percent, 6 to 20 percent, 21 to 49 percent, 50 percent or more); and (5) percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch which is used as a measure of poverty concentration at the school. The findings are organized to address the following issues: (1) school connectivity; (2) student access to computers and the Internet; (3) school websites, technologies and procedures to prevent student access to inappropriate material on the Internet, and (4) teacher professional development on how to integrate the use of the Internet into the curriculum.
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Faculty Development, Public Schools, Internet, Access to Computers, Institutional Characteristics, Computer Software, Computers, Web Sites
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education; High Schools
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.