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Nearly one-in-five teens can't always finish their homework because of the digital divide

Since becoming more widespread overall, the internet has also seen increased usage for education, both in the classroom and for homework assignments. However, accessing the internet outside of school is an issue for many students. This analysis from Pew Research Center, published in October 2018 and based on 2015 US Census Bureau data, found that about 15 percent of "U.S. households with school-age children do not have a high-speed internet connection at home," and that this issue is more common among lower-income households, especially Black and Latino ones. As part of this study, Pew also conducted a nationally representative survey that found that "17% of teens say they are often or sometimes unable to complete homework assignments because they do not have reliable access to a computer or internet connection," a situation which is particularly common for Black teens. Here, visitors can read the report of this analysis, written by Pew researchers Monica Anderson and Andrew Perrin, and those interested can also download the full top-line results and explanation of their methodologies as a PDF.
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November 16th, 2018
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November 12th, 2018 at 4:06pm
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November 13th, 2018 at 10:57am
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