CoSN 2018-19 Infrastructure Survey Results

CoSN has released the sixth annual Infrastructure Survey in partnership with AASA, The School Superintendents Association, MDR, and Forecast5 Analytics to assess the current state of broadband and technology infrastructure in U.S. school systems.

The survey gathered insights from K-12 school administrators and technology directors nationwide, to assess key areas of concern for school districts, including affordability, network speed and capacity, reliability and competition, digital equity, security, and cloud-based services. 

The CoSN 2018-2019 Infrastructure Survey highlights the progress and the remaining challenges schools face in an effort to increase broadband connectivity and Wi-Fi in classrooms.

Nearly all school districts today (92 percent) fully meet the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) short-term goal for broadband connectivity of 100 Mbps per 1,000 students. However, recurring costs remain the most significant barrier for schools in their efforts to increase connectivity.

Key Findings from the Report

Good News:  Wi-Fi @ School. A large majority (69%) of respondents report they are “very confident” in their network’s ability to support as compared to the prior year’s 58%.  Why does this matter? Because student devices are an increasingly important component of learning and networks must be able to support their use.

Momentum on Broadband @School Broadband to the classroom continues to improve. Ninety-two percent (92%) of districts are meeting the FCC short-term goal of 100 Mbps per 1,000 students for all their schools. Why does this matter? Because districts need robust, affordable broadband access to enable digital teaching and learning.

Not all Schools have Broadband, especially in Rural AreasWhy does this matter?  Many rural schools lack affordable broadband access often due to a lack of broadband competition.

The Homework Gap Persists. Fewer than 10% of districts report that every student has access to non-shared devices at home. Why does this matter?  Students lacking 1:1 device access at home have more limited learning opportunities and may have difficulty completing their homework. They could be at a competitive disadvantage with counterparts from urban and suburban schools.

Cybersecurity Threats. Fifty-two percent of districts say breach detection is their highest cybersecurity concern.  Only 12% of districts have a dedicated network security person. Why does this matter?  Threats can compromise district operations and student records.  Without resources, threats cannot be addressed adequately and effectively.

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