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Fibre Broadband improves primary school students’ results

Fibre Broadband improves primary school students’ results

About 4,600 extra students will reach the National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics each year because of schools’ access to fibre broadband.

The New Zealand Government has spent over $1 billion since 2008 developing an ‘ultra-fast broadband’ network that prioritised school connections.

A study from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust uses the fact that schools gained access to UFB at different times to evaluate the effect on academic performance. It is the first research anywhere in the world to specifically evaluate the effect of fibre broadband on educational achievement.

“Having fibre broadband in a school increases National Standards passing rates in each of the three subjects each year by about 2 students at the average-sized primary school and by about 4600 students across all the schools within our sample,” said Arthur Grimes, Senior Fellow at Motu and co-author of the study.

“We found some evidence indicating that students at low decile schools benefit more than students at higher decile schools,” said Dr Grimes. “By contrast, we found no significant differences in effect sizes among ethnic groups or genders, or between urban schools and those which are more isolated.”

The data cannot identify the mechanism through which fibre broadband increases school performance.

“There could be a number of reasons for the increase, perhaps fibre broadband expands the set of technologies available, which may allow teaching to be more individualised and more engaging, or may facilitate better monitoring of student performance. Alternatively, greater computer skills could lead to children improving their academic skills at school or at home. UFB may also allow schools to perform previously-expensive tasks cheaply, reallocating their resources towards academic achievement,” said Dr Grimes.

Because there are fewer data points for secondary schools, the study found no evidence for fibre broadband affecting overall NCEA pass rates, although there was evidence that level one numeracy pass rates were lifted as a result of fibre broadband access.

The study, The Effect of Fibre Broadband on Student Learning by Arthur Grimes and Wilbur Townsend received funding from Huawei New Zealand.

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