Charts: Narrowing the Gap
Internet access across all types of schools has shown steady improvement. Despite such improvement, the actual use of technology in high-poverty, high-minority, and academically failing schools lags behind technology use in more advantaged schools.
School Web Sites
The percentage of public schools with Internet access that have their own Web sites grew more than 10 percentage points from 2001-2003, but schools that serve high-minority and high-poverty children are less likely to have their own Web sites.
Teacher Technology Use
While 19 percent of public schools reported that a majority of their teachers were beginners in technology use in 2004, the proportion rose to 26 percent in high-poverty schools. Meanwhile, 77 percent of public schools reported that a majority of their teachers used the Internet for instruction, but that figure dropped to 69 percent for schools that did not make adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind Act for the 2003-04 school year.
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