Research Topic

A Window into the Digital Divide


  • Subject: Mathematics, Literacy
  • Demographic: Economically Disadvantaged
  • Grades: K–8
  • Study Year: 2019–2020

Published May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools, forcing educators to re-evaluate their methods of instruction. Many reworked educational technology tools like i-Ready for online learning, but this transition was not immediate or seamless. This research into the digital divide shows that i-Ready users declined in the early weeks of the pandemic, specifically in low-income zip codes. While there were bright spots for student usage in these areas, the greater lesson from this data is that programs like i-Ready must be coupled with device availability and internet access to bridge digital learning inequities. Download the full research to learn how device and internet accessibility affected online learning.

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