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Internet Access Has No Impact on Test Scores, Study Says


This controversial article questions the assumption that Internet access has a measurable impact on student achievement. The researchers specifically looked at the impact of the federal Education (E)-rate program, a program designed to help schools acquire telecommunications services. Though the results do not indicate that Internet investment has made an impact, critics of the study suggest that not only is it too early to make this kind of assessment, but that Internet connections alone are not likely to improve student test-scores. Nevertheless, the study serves as a "first crack" at trying to determine if this link between Internet connections and student achievement can be made and it provides some interesting conclusions.

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