Student access to robust digital tools is key to their success as 21st-century citizens. Yet many students have limited access to these tools both at school and at home. CoSN is working to close the access gap for learning no matter where the students are.
CoSN Subject Matter Expert Digital Equity Contact: Nancy Mangum
Defining Digital Equity 2022
Creating a shared understanding of what digital equity is and what district leaders can do to realize digital equity for the students that they serve is more important than ever. CoSN has created this resource to help leaders build a shared understanding of digital equity for their district.
Student Home Internet Connectivity Study
This report on the preliminary findings of a breakthrough study on students’ at-home internet connectivity and provided guidelines on bandwidth, devices, and other remote learning needs based on the data. The study, supported by a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), fills a critical need among educators and policymakers for detailed insight on students’ learning experiences at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thirteen K-12 urban, suburban and rural school districts from across the United States with approximately 750,000 students participated in the six-week study, securely sharing information on internet usage, latency, and performance from network filter logs and video conferencing solutions. The resulting findings will serve as a guide for school district technology leaders across the United States working to improve online learning equity. The data collection process was developed in partnership with Innive Inc. and overseen by an advisory group of educators.
New! Visual Data Story and Dataset ->
To visualize the four key findings in the Student Home Connectivity Study, view the Tableau Public data story. Also, download a public dataset with de-identified meeting and network log data from the study.
Use This to Guide Your Leadership Team to Support Your Digital Equity Initiative:
Digital Equity Advisory Committee
The CoSN Digital Equity Educator Advisory Board seeks to support school leaders in their efforts to close the digital divide by supporting digital equity and digital inclusion efforts. Members of the committee meet regularly to advise CoSN on issues that districts are facing and offer strategies and resources that could support CoSN members with their digital equity efforts.
Digital Equity in Action
Districts across the country are working to close the digital divide for their students. In these videos you can see first hand how CoSN members are ware working to ensure digital equity.
Desert Sands Unified School District was the winner of the 2021 CoSN Community Leadership for Digital Equity Award Recipient. Learn how DSUSD is creating an equitable digital learning environment for all of their students in this video.
Santa Fe Public School is working hard to close the digital divide for their students. Take a look at the holistic approach that they are taking to ensure digital equity to ensure that every student in the district is prepared for their future.
Digital Equity Toolkit
Students without home access to high-quality broadband connectivity are at a disadvantage, unable to realize the full power of digital learning. Only 3% of teachers in high-poverty level schools said that their students had the digital tools necessary to complete homework assignments, compared to 52 percent of teachers in more affluent schools—a discrepancy labeled as the "homework gap."
To address this key challenge, CoSN launched the Digital Equity Initiative. This effort recognizes the school districts that are building meaningful community partnerships and creating tools to help district leaders get started in achieving digital equity.