Trends | State of the States: Making Progress

credit-education-superhighway-sos2016EducationSuperHighway, a leading non-profit focused on upgrading internet access in every public school classroom in America, today released their second annual “State of the States” report on the state of broadband connectivity in the nation’s K-12 public schools. In the past year, an additional 10.4 million students now have the minimum connectivity they need to take advantage of technology in the classroom and as a result, 88 percent of school districts nationally are now meeting the minimum connectivity goals. The report is based on an analysis of 2016 FCC E-rate data representing 10,499 school districts, 73,000 schools, and more than 38 million students. To access the full State of the States report, visit This progress means many of America’s schools are nearing the connectivity levels of top performing schools across the globe, giving our students the tools they need to prepare for and compete for 21st-century jobs. In just a few years, the U.S. has taken significant steps to decrease its digital learning disadvantage and is now implementing innovative education technology in more classrooms than ever before. Today 42 governors have committed to upgrading their schools for the 21st century, including seven of the eight newly-elected governors.

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