How is COVID-19 impacting student access to the internet?

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A new analysis by Common Sense Media and Boston Consulting Group shows that the homework gap is even larger than previously understood and that the problem has been amplified during the coronavirus pandemic as many schools have shifted to connected learning.

The analysis found 15-16 million K-12 public school kids live in households without a sufficient device or internet connectivity to adequately learn from home, and over half of those students lack both adequate internet and devices. School closures during the pandemic have put these students at significant risk of learning loss.

This problem touches every state and type of community, but is more prominent in rural communities and for Black, Latinx, and Native American households. As shown, there are 16% more students in rural households that lack sufficient internet connectivity than students from urban households. And while 18% of students from White households lack sufficient internet, about a third of students from Black and Native American households lack adequate access.

Source: Common Sense Media and BCG

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