Education Report Roundup

Digital Divide Persists Among Racial Groups

By Rhea R. Borja — October 24, 2005 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Black and Latino children are far less likely than their white and Asian-American counterparts to have home computers, a tool that some suggest helps boost high school graduation rates, concludes a study.

While 77.7 percent of Asian-American students and 74.6 percent of white students have computers at home, only 50.6 percent of black students and 48.7 percent of Latino students do, says the report, which was conducted by Robert Fairlie, an associate professor of economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He found that the racial disparity exists even when factors such as parental education and income are considered.

In addition, Mr. Fairlie’s study suggests that teenagers who have access to computers at home are 6 to 8 percentage points more likely to graduate from high school than teenagers who lack a home computer.

Events

Jobs Virtual Career Fair for Teachers and K-12 Staff
Find teaching jobs and other jobs in K-12 education at the EdWeek Top School Jobs virtual career fair.
English-Language Learners Webinar English Learners and the Science of Reading: What Works in the Classroom
ELs & emergent bilinguals deserve the best reading instruction! The Reading League & NCEL join forces on best practices. Learn more in our webinar with both organizations.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Teaching Webinar
Challenging the Stigma: Emotions and STEM
STEM isn't just equations and logic. Join this webinar and discover how emotions fuel innovation, creativity, & problem-solving in STEM!
Content provided by Project Lead The Way

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: February 7, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: January 31, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: January 17, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education In Their Own Words The Stories That Stuck With Us, 2023 Edition
Our newsroom selected five stories as among the highlights of our work. Here's why.
4 min read
102523 IMSE Reading BS
Adria Malcolm for Education Week