National K-12 Broadband Inventory
In order to connect every classroom to a high-speed Internet connection, leaders and policy makers need information about the state of Internet infrastructure in schools today. Unfortunately, there are currently no state or national databases of Internet access in the classroom (see The Broadband Information Gap). This critical information must be collected first before we can form evidence-based plans for funding and implementing state or nation-wide upgrades.
The SchoolSpeedTest is the first and largest national database of Internet speeds available in America's classrooms, which is being used by K-12 schools across the country to create a landscape of the available bandwidth in America's classrooms. The online testmeasures the bandwidth actually experienced in the classroom by teachers and students.
With an easy, web-based, one-minute test means any student, teacher, or other district staff member on a school network can test a school's Internet speed in three steps:
National SchoolSpeedTest data enables policy makers at district, state, and federal levels to identify which schools require an upgrade to their Internet infrastructure, allocate resources effectively, and ensure every teacher and student has adequate Internet access.
"One of the things teachers, principals, & students can do across the country...is go to SchoolSpeedTest.org...and help build the national data. It gives us a really good picture of where the areas of strength are and areas of weakness are so we can collectively – across the public and private sector – actually take action to make sure that all students, all teachers have access to the broadband that they need to unlock these kinds of digital learning experiences that so many folks...have pioneered.”