Chapter 5: School Environment
Read As • 3% of respondents in 1:1 schools report that their network is up less than 95% of the time. • High rates of network downtime seem to be associated with high student-computer ratios. 10% of schools with a 4:1 or higher ratio report their network is down more than 5% of the time, just over three times the rate of 1:1 schools.
The Technology Factor: Nine Keys to Student Achievement and Cost-Effectiveness
Chart 5.8. Is your instructional network accessible to teachers, students, and parents? (Q24)
Instructional Network Accessibility 98% 97%
96% 84% 68% 66%
Project RED Commentary If technology does not work reliably, teachers and students will not use it. And if technology is not being used, it cannot contribute to student improvement. Informal technical support is estimated at 10% of teacher time, which is taken out of instructional time. More teacher time on task equals better results. School administrators interviewed by the Project RED team believe that a reliability of 99.9% is required before schools can move from print to digital.
40% 32% 26%
Other locations (such as libraries, hot spots, etc.) Other community
Percentage of Respondents
Read As • 98% of teachers have access to the instructional network at school, and 97% have access at home, according to Project RED respondents. • e level of access to the instructional network is lower in all categories for students than for teachers. • 97% of students have access at school, but only 68% have access at home. Surprisingly, more students have access in other locations, such as libraries, than at home.