The survey analysis unearthed seven major findings that address the primary research purposes: to better understand the scope of the Homework Gap in North Carolina’s 115 school districts, and to better understand the barriers to students’ access to the internet and their use of it for homework and school activities. FINDING 1: 10 percent of respondents reported not having broadband access.
Parenting policies should build on the research evidence to help parents provide the best possible early start for their children. The government should continue to trial and evaluate promising programmes while also working towards taking the most promising ones to scale. Income support for families with children, particularly those with young children, must be provided at an adequate level.
Children of color suffer from the homework gap more than others, but the problem is felt wherever family incomes are low. According to an analysis of 2015 census data by the Pew Research Center.
But the homework gap can exist even in households that do have Internet service, according to Sarah Trimble-Oliver, the chief information officer for Cincinnati Public Schools. A couple of years ago, that district surveyed its students to ask if they had Internet at home, and 75 percent of students answered yes. However, Trimble-Oliver soon discovered that they hadn't asked the right question.
Before we get to the startling results of a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, let’s define “The Homework Gap”. It’s the huge, gaping difference found between high-speed broadband service in the homes of low-income households and all other American homes. Children in homes without high-speed broadband are falling behind in school because children in homes with broadband.
How America's Schools are Addressing the Homework Gap: Speak Up 2016 findings. 49% of principals say ensuring student access to technology outside of school (digital equity) is a major challenge today, compared to only 30% of principals in 2010.
Homework task - research the life of Dickens Write a 'potted biography' of between 120 and 150 words. Includes suggested details to include and where to find the information. (Forms links with Introducing Mr Dickens scheme).
Speak Up is and was the first online research tool designed to help parents share their ideas directly with schools and national policymakers. BIO partnered with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to include homework gap specific questions in the 2018-2019 Speak Up survey. One way the state is currently working to combat the homework gap is through the State Library of North Carolina.