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Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools and Classrooms: 1994 - 2000


How much progress have public schools made in connecting to the Internet?

What is the ratio of students to instructional computers in public schools?

How are public schools connected to the Internet?

To what extent are public schools making the Internet available to students outside of regular school hours in 2000?

How are public schools preventing students from accessing inappropriate material on the Internet in 2000?



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line To what extent are public schools making the Internet available to students outside of regular school hours in 2000?

Making the Internet accessible outside of regular school hours allows students who would not otherwise have access to the Internet to use this resource for school-related activities like homework. In 2000, 54 percent of public schools with access to the Internet reported that computers with access to the Internet were available to students outside of regular school hours (table 3). Secondary schools were more likely to make the Internet available to students outside of regular school hours than elementary schools (80 percent compared to 46 percent). Similarly, large schools (1,000 or more students)were more likely to make the Internet accessible to students outside of regular school hours than medium-sized and small schools (79 percent compared with 53 and 49 percent, respectively). In addition, schools with the highest minority enrollment reported Internet availability outside of regular school hours more frequently than schools with the lowest minority enrollment (61 percent compared with 46 percent). Of the 54 percent of schools making the Internet available to students outside of regular school hours, 98 percent made it available after school, 84 percent before school, and 16 percent on weekends ( figure 1).

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