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SchoolSpeedTest Month Results from October, 2013

It is estimated that nearly 80% of schools in the United States have insufficient bandwidth to meet the demand for teaching and learning. These issues are well known to teachers and staff but states have lacked data to fully understand where the issues and challenges exist.

To address this problem Washington was one of many states that encouraged school staff to take the National SchoolSpeedTest during the month of October, 2013.

OSPI partnered with EducationSuperHighway — a non-profit organization that advocates for reliable, high-capacity Internet access — to collect and analyze the data from school speed tests across Washington. 207 of 295 (over 70%) school districts participated in the SchoolSpeed Test, and tests were conducted in 1,079 school buildings across the state. Participating schools represented 55% of the student population in Washington K-12 schools.

Report Compiles State Connectivity Data
EducationalSuperHighway has analyzed the data and created a report summarizing the statewide results. Key findings include:

  • 85% of the participating schools are ready for Smarter Balanced online assessment, with a minimum of 20 Kbps per student testing simultaneously (vs. 66% of schools nationwide)
  • 51% of the participating schools meet or exceed recommendations for robust digital learning, with a minimum of 100 Mbps per 1,000 students/staff (vs. 31% of schools nationwide)
  • About 3% of the participating schools had less than 10 Kbps of bandwidth available per student, in schools of all sizes and in both urban and rural remote areas.

A PowerPoint of the ESH report and additional data is available upon request from Dennis Small at OSPI.

More information on broadband in Washington state.


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