A Gap in Tech Access Can Lead to a Gap in Student Performance

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 According to a study by the Pew Research Center in February 2013, middle and secondary-school teachers agree that access to digital technologies is essential to success in school. Of teachers surveyed, 67 percent said the Internet has a “major impact” on their ability to interact with parents and 57 percent said it has had such an impact on enabling their interaction with students.

The parents’ inability to access technology — whether because of cost, language or ability — is a major roadblock to parent involvement in their children’s schooling, said Bautista, who asserted the majority of “our ethnic parents are not in that loop.”

Nearly 73 percent of advanced placement and National Writing Project high school teachers surveyed said they and/or their students use their cell phones in class to complete assignments. Read more here.