2018 State of the States: Expanding Digital Learning to Every Classroom, Every Day

2018 State of the States: Expanding Digital Learning to Every Classroom, Every Day

The number of elementary and secondary school students who have access to high-speed Internet has increased by 40.7 million over the last five years, with 98 percent of public school districts now meeting the FCC’s minimum standard of 100 kbps per student, a report from EducationSuperHighway finds. At the same time, the report, 2018 State of the States: Expanding Digital Learning to Every Classroom, Every Day (30 pages, PDF), found that while the number of states with 99 percent of students connected increased from four to twenty, more than 2.3 million students still don’t have access to the minimum connectivity required for digital learning and more than thirteen hundred schools still need fiber or other broadband infrastructure. The report notes that two federal programs, the E-rate program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Connect Grant Program, can help make digital learning a reality in the classroom.

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