Lack of Tech Access Hampers Rural Student Outcomes

THE Journal: Many students who live in rural areas believe that lack of access to high-speed internet is holding them back. According to results from a pair of surveys of students who took the national ACT test last year, rural students were 10 percentage points less likely than non-rural students to call their home internet "great" and almost twice as likely to consider their broadband access "unpredictable" (16 percent versus 9 percent). They were also more likely to have access to only a single device at home (24 percent versus 11 percent). Rural students make up almost one in five K-12 students in the United States.

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