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Hawaiʻi Ranked No. 1 in Nation in School Internet Connectivity

Posted February 15, 2017, 04:37 PM HST
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File courtesy photo, Oct. 16, 2015 at Kalama Intermediate School. Christine Matsuda Smith.

Hawaiʻi’s public school system is ranked as the top school district in K-12 broadband connectivity according to the 2016 State of the States annual report released by EducationSuperHighway.

The non-profit advocacy group that conducted the report is dedicated to upgrading Internet infrastructure and providing equal access to high-speed broadband for all K-12 public school students.

“In 2014 we accomplished our goal to deliver Wi-Fi to all public schools statewide, which was a huge undertaking by our Office of Information Technology Services and Office of School Facilities and Support Services,” noted Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “The work of our teams have paid off and we’re very proud to be recognized as number one in the country for our Wi-Fi connectivity.”

From 2010 to 2015, the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education increased its broadband at schools from 0.3 gigabytes/second to 8.0 gigabytes/second.

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“Having access to the Internet allows our teachers to enhance classroom lessons and gives our students vast digital learning resources that make learning an interactive, hands-on activity. Complete connectivity is a large step forward towards 21st Century Learning initiatives and preparing our students for college and careers,” said Matayoshi.

Hawaiʻi’s national No. 1 ranking is based on full 100% scores in the report’s four criteria:

  • Connectivity, reflecting the percentage of school districts meeting 100 kbps per student;
  • Fiber, reflecting the percentage of schools with fiber optic connections needed to meet bandwidth targets;
  • Wi-Fi, reflecting the percentage of school districts reporting sufficient Wi-Fi in all classrooms; and
  • Affordability, the percentage of school districts maximizing their bandwidth within set budgets.
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