Income gaps in remote learning experiences persist into December

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey comparing K-12 students’ access to technology over time. From spring 2020 (April 23 – May 5) to the end of the year (November 24 – December 7), they found that student access to computers had improved, while access to internet remained about the same. As schools and school districts were more likely to provide students digital devices than internet, these contributions help explain why computer access improved while internet access did not. However, access to both computers and internet were associated with income—students in lower income households had much less access to devices and internet than students in higher-income households. Students in lower-income households also had less live contact with their teachers than their higher-income peers. #covid-19 #education

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