The pandemic highlighted how lack of student home connectivity creates obstacles for learners. But as students returned to school, educators questioned home connectivity’s importance. We sought answers.
With a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, we performed research with 13 school districts and 750,000 students, using real-time data and surveys to understand how students were learning during the pandemic. We found the Federal Communications Commission standards for a connected household didn’t support student learning, and students used more bandwidth at home than school.
These insights revealed the need to address student digital equity, and the power of association-led research.