Home computer and Internet access: Idaho’s numbers are mixed

Home computer and broadband access contributes to a “homework gap,” but Idaho’s access rates are mixed, according to an Associated Press analysis.

About 17 percent of the nation’s students have no access to a home computer, and 18 percent of students have no access to broadband at home, according to the AP.

The AP analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data from all 50 states. The Idaho Statesman’s Cynthia Sewell broke down the Idaho numbers.

About 11 percent of Idaho’s students have no access to a home computer — which translates to about 60,000 students.

And of those students who do have computer access, 11 percent have no access to the Internet, Sewell reported.

Factoring these two numbers together — computer and Internet access — slightly more than a fifth of Idaho’s students have no way to go online to finish their homework.

Sewell also reported some district-level numbers.

Only 3.6 percent of students in Moscow have no home computer, the best access rate in the state. In Kamiah, the district with the worst access rate in Idaho, that number is 23.1 percent.

Soda Springs has the best Internet access rate in Idaho; only 5.9 percent of students are without Internet. The Madison district has the state’s poorest access rate, with 19.4 percent of students without Internet.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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