National SchoolSpeedTest Month October 1 — 31
80% of schools in the United States have insufficient bandwidth to meet the demand for teaching and learning. These issues are well known to teachers and staff but there is no cohesive data that defines the dynamics of connectivity at the school level.
Washington is one of many states encouraging school staff to take the National SchoolSpeedTest. When the one-minute test is run, it records available bandwidth (the rate of data transfer) on a classroom Internet connection. Measurements taken throughout the day show how much bandwidth is available–maximum and minimum–during times of peak usage.
The National SchoolSpeedTest will identify thousands of schools that need better, faster infrastructure for educational activities enriched by online content and activities.
EducationSuperHighway — a non-profit organization that advocates for reliable, high-capacity Internet access — will collect and analyze the data that returns from school speed tests across Washington.
Reports Compile Local, Regional and National Connectivity Data
EducationalSuperHighway will analyze the data and create a report for each participating district that shows available bandwidth — maximum, minimum and average — during school hours. Both district and state-level data should be available in late November.
Basic Connection Speed We Need Today
The U.S. Department of Education and the State Education Technology Directors Association recommend a connection speed of 100 Mbps per 1,000 students/staff today – growing to 1 Gbps per 1,000 students/staff over the next 5 years.