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Status of Education in Rural America
NCES 2007-040
June 2007

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Table 3.5b.

Number of public school students per instructional computer with internet access and percentage of public schools providing hand-held or laptop computers, by locale: 2005

Locale Number of students per instructional computer with internet access2 Percent of schools
Providing hand-held computers for instructional purposes1 Lending laptop computers to students
To teachers To students
Total 3.8 17.2 8.1 10.0
City 4.2 19.2 8.6! 6.8
Suburban 4.3 15.7 10.2! 10.1
Town 3.3 14.0! 6.1! 10.5
Rural 3.0 18.5 6.9! 11.9
! Interpret data with caution.
1 Hand-held computers are personal digital assistants, such as Palm Pilots or Pocket PCs. Schools were asked to include all hand-held computers provided for instructional purposes, including those available for loan, but to exclude laptop computers.
2 The number of students to instructional computers with internet access was computed by dividing the total number of students in all public schools by the total number of instructional computers with internet access in all public schools (including schools with no internet access).
NOTE: Percentages are based on all public schools.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Response Survey System (FRSS), “Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools, Fall 2005,” FRSS 90, 2005.