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Table 120. Number and internet access of instructional computers and rooms in public schools, by selected school characteristics: Selected years, 1995 through 2008
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Instructional computers and rooms, and access All public schools Instructional level1 Size of school enrollment Community type2 Percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch3
Elementary Secondary Less than 300 300 to 999 1,000 or more City Suburban Town Rural Less than 35 percent 35 to 49 percent 50 to 74 percent 75 percent or more
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Computers for
     instructional
     purposes
                                                                       
Number
     (in thousands)
                                                                       
19954 5,621   (—) 3,453   (—) 2,021   (—) 850 (—) 3,600   (—) 1,171 (—) 1,497 (—) 1,526   (—) 1,404 (—) 1,195   (—) 2,905 (—) 806 (—) 950   (—) 882   (—)
2000 8,776   (174) 5,296   (149) 3,271   (113) 1,135 (73) 5,524   (121) 2,117 (103) 2,537 (179) 3,396   (213) 1,155 (132) 1,689   (131) 4,394 (147) 1,373 (93) 1,606   (112) 1,384   (107)
2005 12,672   (281) 7,701   (251) 4,783   (148) 1,566 (98) 7,966   (243) 3,139 (163) 3,132 (177) 4,058   (242) 1,819 (193) 3,663   (255) 5,352 (261) 2,193 (185) 2,687   (244) 2,440   (152)
2008 15,434   (193) 9,711   (159) 5,415   (125) 1,746 (68) 9,486   (144) 4,202 (130) 3,611 (155) 5,787   (255) 2,062 (159) 3,974   (180) 6,195 (174) 2,364 (155) 3,805   (190) 3,070   (175)
Average number
     per school
                                                                       
19954 72   (—) 60   (—) 112   (—) 41 (—) 72   (—) 164 (—) 84 (—) 83   (—) 72 (—) 54   (—) 78 (—) 59 (—) 74   (—) 67   (—)
2000 110   (2.0) 89   (2.4) 178   (5.3) 57 (3.1) 106   (2.3) 259 (9.0) 120 (4.9) 128   (4.3) 97 (5.6) 82   (3.6) 120 (3.4) 111 (5.9) 94   (5.7) 99   (5.5)
2005 154   (3.4) 124   (3.8) 253   (6.8) 75 (4.2) 149   (4.2) 388 (13.5) 165 (7.2) 170   (6.3) 154 (13.4) 132   (5.9) 166 (5.5) 153 (9.3) 147   (6.9) 139   (7.4)
2008 189   (2.9) 157   (2.8) 301   (6.5) 87 (3.4) 179   (2.9) 486 (10.4) 205 (7.5) 221   (6.1) 189 (8.0) 147   (4.2) 209 (5.6) 182 (7.7) 181   (6.8) 170   (8.2)
Number with
     internet access
     (in thousands)
                                                                       
19954 447   (—) 232   (—) 187   (—) 59 (—) 315   (—) 73 (—) 96 (—) 131   (—) 126 (—) 94   (—) 286 (—) 46 (—) 57   (—) 36   (—)
2000 6,759   (174) 3,813   (136) 2,779   (113) 882 (69) 4,191   (114) 1,686 (97) 1,782 (148) 2,688   (178) 955 (111) 1,335   (91) 3,608 (139) 1,064 (80) 1,215   (93) 858   (87)
2005 12,245   (274) 7,361   (246) 4,706   (151) 1,515 (98) 7,642   (239) 3,089 (162) 3,009 (173) 3,912   (238) 1,784 (193) 3,541   (239) 5,239 (259) 2,090 (176) 2,583   (228) 2,332   (146)
2008 15,162   (204) 9,508   (169) 5,356   (128) 1,710 (69) 9,308   (153) 4,144 (130) 3,517 (154) 5,716   (253) 2,028 (154) 3,901   (178) 6,131 (174) 2,321 (153) 3,739   (188) 2,971   (175)
Percent with
     internet access
                                                                       
19954 8   (—) 7   (—) 9   (—) 7 (—) 9   (—) 6 (—) 6 (—) 9   (—) 9 (—) 8   (—) 10 (—) 6 (—) 6   (—) 4   (—)
2000 77   (1.1) 72   (1.5) 85   (1.2) 78 (2.6) 76   (1.3) 80 (1.8) 70 (2.1) 79   (1.7) 83 (2.5) 79   (2.1) 82 (1.2) 77 (2.9) 76   (2.6) 62   (3.1)
2005 97   (0.4) 96   (0.5) 98   (0.4) 97 (0.7) 96   (0.5) 98 (0.5) 96 (0.7) 96   (1.1) 98 (0.6) 97   (0.7) 98 (0.6) 95 (1.0) 96   (1.0) 96   (0.8)
2008 98   (0.2) 98   (0.3) 99   (0.2) 98 (0.7) 98   (0.3) 99 (0.4) 97 (0.5) 99   (0.3) 98 (0.7) 98   (0.4) 99 (0.3) 98 (0.5) 98   (0.4) 97   (0.7)
                                                                         
Ratio of students
     to instruction-
     al computers
     with internet
     access
                                                                       
2000 6.6   (0.10) 7.8   (0.20) 5.2   (0.20) 3.9 (0.30) 7.0   (0.20) 7.2 (0.30) 8.2 (0.40) 6.6   (0.20) 6.2 (0.30) 5.0   (0.30) 6.0 (0.20) 6.3 (0.40) 7.2   (0.40) 9.1   (0.70)
2005 3.8   (0.10) 4.1   (0.10) 3.3   (0.10) 2.4 (0.10) 3.9   (0.10) 4.0 (0.10) 4.2 (0.20) 4.1   (0.10) 3.4 (0.20) 3.0   (0.10) 3.8 (0.10) 3.4 (0.20) 3.6   (0.20) 4.0   (0.20)
2008 3.1   (0.04) 3.2   (0.05) 2.9   (0.05) 2.2 (0.07) 3.2   (0.05) 3.2 (0.06) 3.4 (0.12) 3.2   (0.08) 2.7 (0.09) 2.9   (0.07) 3.1 (0.06) 3.2 (0.08) 2.9   (0.08) 3.2   (0.14)
                                                                         
Instructional
     rooms5 
                                                                       
Number
     (in thousands)
                                                                       
2000 2,905   (35) 1,864   (28) 972   (24) 377 (22) 1,871   (23) 657 (23) 866 (56) 1,086   (61) 413 (47) 541   (39) 1,380 (46) 465 (28) 570   (36) 482   (29)
2005 3,283   (71) 2,152   (70) 1,078   (27) 426 (23) 2,152   (70) 705 (30) 849 (62) 1,050   (61) 439 (41) 945   (67) 1,339 (50) 593 (51) 695   (56) 655   (39)
20085 2,663   (21) 1,723   (20) 887   (15) 282 (9) 1,692   (20) 689 (18) 639 (26) 1,003   (35) 338 (24) 683   (28) 1,053 (27) 425 (26) 653   (27) 532   (22)
Percent with
     internet
     access6
                                                                       
1995 8   (0.7) 8   (1.0) 8   (1.0) 9 (1.6) 8   (1.0) 4 (1.0) 6 (1.3) 8   (1.4) 8 (2.0) 8   (1.5) 10 (1.2) 6 (1.4) 6 ! (1.9) 3 ! (1.0)
2000 77   (1.1) 76   (1.5) 79   (1.6) 83 (2.8) 78   (1.5) 70 (2.2) 66 (2.2) 78   (2.0) 87 (2.6) 85   (1.7) 82 (1.5) 81 (2.9) 77   (2.8) 60   (3.3)
2005 94   (1.3) 93   (1.9) 95   (0.9) 92 (1.9) 94   (1.9) 94 (1.5) 88 (3.7) 96   (0.8) 98 (0.7) 95   (1.8) 96 (0.8) 88 (4.3) 96   (0.8) 91   (2.5)
2008   (†)   (†)   (†) (†)   (†) (†) (†)   (†) (†)   (†) (†) (†)   (†)   (†)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
1 Data for combined schools are included in the totals and in analyses by other school characteristics, but are not shown separately.
2 Due to definitional changes for community type, estimates for years prior to 2005 may not be directly comparable with estimates for later years.
3 Free or reduced-price lunch information was obtained on the questionnaire and supplemented, if necessary, with data from the Common Core of Data (CCD).
4 Includes computers used for instructional or administrative purposes.
5 In 2008, instructional rooms included classrooms only and excluded computer labs and library/media centers. Prior to 2008, instructional rooms included classrooms, computer labs and other labs, library/media centers, and other rooms used for instructional purposes.
6 Some data differ slightly (e.g., by 1 percent) from previously published figures.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Response Survey System (FRSS), Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools and Classrooms: 1994-2005 and Educational Technology in U.S. Public Schools: Fall 2008; and unpublished tabulations. (This table was prepared August 2010.)
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