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Title: Public-Use Data Files and Documentation: Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools, Fall 2003
Description: This file contains data from a fall 2003 fast-response survey titled “Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools, Fall 2003.” This study was included in a series of fast-response surveys that have tracked access to information technology in schools and classrooms since 1994. These surveys provide trend analysis on the percent of public schools and instructional rooms with Internet access and on the ratio of students to instructional computers with Internet access. NCES released the results of the 2003 survey in the publication “Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools and Classrooms: 1994-2003.” Questionnaires and cover letters for the study were mailed to the principal of each sampled school in early October 2003, requesting that the questionnaire be completed by the technology coordinator or person most knowledgeable about Internet access at the school. Respondents were also offered the option of completing the survey via the Web. Telephone follow-up for survey nonresponse and data clarification was initiated in October 2003 and completed in February 2004. The final response rate was 91 percent. Respondents were asked about the number of instructional computers with access to the Internet, the types of Internet connections, support of computer hardware/software, technologies and procedures used to prevent student access to inappropriate material on the Internet, and computer availability outside of regular school hours. Respondents also provided information on school websites, the availability of hand-held and laptop computers for students and teachers, and teacher professional development on how to integrate the use of the Internet into the curriculum.
Online Availability:
Cover Date: February 2005
Web Release: June 6, 2007
Print Release:
Publication #: NCES 2007034
General Ordering Information
Center/Program: NCES
Type of Product: Data File
Survey/Program Areas: Fast Response Survey System (FRSS)
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