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1 Washington SchoolSpeedTest Month Overview of Initial Findings Test Month: October 2013

2 Summary of Findings Participation 1,079 schools* (46%) across 207 districts and school operating organizations participated in SST –School sample represents 55% of students –13 tests per site on average –54% of sites tested took 6+ tests Assessment Readiness: 85% of schools are ready for SBAC assessment –59% for media-rich online assessment –27% ready for basic assessment Digital Learning Readiness: 51% of schools meet or exceed recommendations for robust digital learning (vs. 31% nationwide) Average kbps / student: *911 schools are included in analysis. 159 schools excluded due to high ratio of failed tests (25+% of total tests per site); 9 schools excluded due to lack of student enrollment data 2

3 State Summary: Online Assessment Readiness 3 Media-rich assessment ready Basic assessment ready Not ready for online assessment At current bandwidth availability, 85% of schools are ready for online assessment (59% of schools are ready for media-rich online assessment)

4 State Summary: Digital Learning Readiness 4 Digital learning ready Basic connectivity Not ready Emerging reliance Schools’ long-term connectivity goals should focus on developing capacity for digital learning; 51% of schools today are ready for technology-rich digital learning

5 Participation: 48% of sites tested took 6 or more tests 15% of sites had a failed test ratio of 25+% Lower test validity due to fewer tests per site Excluded *If failed tests represented 25% or more of total tests taken, school results considered invalid and are excluded from analysis. See appendix for list of schools. 5

6 Sample Representativeness: Remote rural schools are slightly under-represented in the sample 6

7 School Size Effects 7

8 In more remote areas, variability in per-site bandwidth increases Note: Analysis excludes schools with 750+ students 8

9 However, urban cluster and remote rural schools have greatest percentage of students without sufficient bandwidth Note: Analysis excludes schools with 750+ students 9

10 Nearly 70% of students with less than 10 kbps of bandwidth are in urban cluster schools 88% of these students are in suburbs or towns near principal cities, with ~3 kbps/student on average Note: Analysis excludes schools with 750+ students 10

11 Median 0-25% FRL school has almost 2x bandwidth compared to the median % FRL school Note: Analysis excludes schools with 750+ students 11

12 80-100% FRL schools have lowest % of students with 100+ kbps, though none measured <10 kbps/student Note: Analysis excludes schools with 750+ students 12

13 Appendix

14 Participation: 33% of individual tests taken by teachers, 23% by technology staff, 21% by school and district staff 14

15 Participation: Sample is relatively even across school levels 15

16 School Level: kbps / student Note: Analysis excludes schools with 750+ students 16

17 FRL population: Relative mix of FRL % groups does not vary dramatically across bandwidth categories Note: Analysis excludes schools with 750+ students 17

18 SchoolSpeedTest results help identify some schools showing signs of possible network congestion Median MbpsMax Mbps Sample SST measurements for a school: 10 Mbps 50 Mbps Signs of possible network congestion: Max Mbps is significantly higher than Median Mbps (i.e. 3x) Standard deviation of test results is low (most tests results are close to the average) *Only schools that took 10 or more tests were evaluated for possible network congestion 18

19 School Size: Possible Congestion 19

20 School Level: Possible Congestion Note: Analysis excludes schools with 750+ students 20

21 FRL population: Possible Congestion Note: Analysis excludes schools with 750+ students 21

22 Locale: Possible Congestion Note: Analysis excludes schools with 750+ students 22

23 Rationale for ESH locale grouping NCES Locale CodeNCES DefinitionESH Locale Grouping 11 City, Large: Territory inside an urbanized area and inside a principal city with population of 250,000 or more. Major City 12 City, Mid-size: Territory inside an urbanized area and inside a principal city with a population less than 250,000 and greater than or equal to 100,000. Urban Cluster 13 City, Small: Territory inside an urbanized area and inside a principal city with a population less than 100,000. Urban Cluster 21 Suburb, Large: Territory outside a principal city and inside an urbanized area with population of 250,000 or more. Urban Cluster 22 Suburb, Mid-size: Territory outside a principal city and inside an urbanized area with a population less than 250,000 and greater than or equal to 100,000. Suburban Cluster 23 Suburb, Small: Territory outside a principal city and inside an urbanized area with a population less than 100,000. Suburban Cluster 31 Town, Fringe: Territory inside an urban cluster that is less than or equal to 10 miles from an urbanized area. Urban Cluster 32 Town, Distant: Territory inside an urban cluster that is more than 10 miles and less than or equal to 35 miles from an urbanized area. Suburban Cluster 33 Town, Remote: Territory inside an urban cluster that is more than 35 miles from an urbanized area. Remote Town 41 Rural, Fringe: Census-defined rural territory that is less than or equal to 5 miles from an urbanized area, as well as rural territory that is less than or equal to 2.5 miles from an urban cluster. Suburban Cluster 42 Rural, Distant: Census-defined rural territory that is more than 5 miles but less than or equal to 25 miles from an urbanized area, as well as rural territory that is more than 2.5 miles but less than or equal to 10 miles from an urban cluster. Suburban Cluster 43 Rural, Remote: Census-defined rural territory that is more than 25 miles from an urbanized area and is also more than 10 miles from an urban cluster. Remote Rural 23


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