Internet Access Improves Academic Outcomes
A study done by Rice University among 9000 Texas public schools in 1,243 school districts showed that increased government spending on internet access was associated with not only improved graduation rates but also higher numbers of students meeting SAT/ ACT criterion and completing advanced courses. It also led to an improvement in commended performance in maths, reading, writing and social studies. On the flip side, increased internet spending also led to higher rates of disciplinary problems at schools. It was found that a $600,000 increase in annual internet-access spending produces a financial gain of approximately $820,000 to $1.8 million per school district, together with losses from disciplinary problems totalling $25,800 to $53,440.