Innive is Proud to Continue Partnering with CoSN to Study Student Home Internet Connectivity

Three out of four district technology leaders predict that on-site classrooms will return to a pre-pandemic normal by Fall 2022*. However, the need for access to K12 digital learning resources will continue for the foreseeable future since virtual and hybrid instruction have become normal education delivery methods. In Phase I of CoSN’s Home Internet Connectivity Study, funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Innive helped gather data around remote learning in the home at the peak of the COVID pandemic in 2021. This data was used to identify key findings and recommendations that are useful to district technology leaders. In phase II, funded by Google, Innive and CoSN will continue the work by collecting data to compare internet connectivity and performance between 2021 and Fall 2022.

The data collected will be useful to school districts in the United States by...

  • Shaping the national conversation around digital equity.
  • Informing school district leaders and policymakers about lessons learned to address remaining student home internet connectivity challenges.
  • Providing a quantifiable comparison (for the first time) of student in-home versus in-school connectivity experiences.
  • Informing efforts to address learning loss caused by the pandemic which often include interventions such as online learning, extended school year, and online learning resources, requiring consistent access to high-speed internet and devices.

Eight of the school districts (to be announced) that participated in Phase I will engage in Phase II by allowing Innive access to capture student data over a four-week period. Innive has developed a tool and methodology to integrate various relevant datasets, including data collected from participating school districts (such as internet usage, latency, and performance using data from network filter logs from a range of filtering companies and online video services such as Google Meet, Zoom and Microsoft Teams) and from publicly available sources (such as the FCC, US DoE, and OOKLA for Good). Findings from Phase II of the Student Home Internet Connectivity Study by CoSN will be available by April 2022.

Have you read the full report of findings and recommendations? Read it now. *CoSN Ed Tech Trends 2021