States answer access, equity challenges

At SETDA Leadership Summit, educators identify ways to help students stay connected outside of school

access-equityAccess and equity remain two stubborn issues surrounding ed-tech deployments, but a number of states are carving out innovative ways to put devices in the hands of students and expand broadband connectivity to those without home access.

Addressing equity and access concerns not just equity of devices, but equity of learning opportunities, said Doug Levin, executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), during SETDA’s Leadership Summit.

Expectations of students, parents, educators, and other stakeholders are changing access, Levin said, but significant inequities still exist.

(Next page: Two state approaches to access and equity)

Laura Ascione

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