Illinois K-12 high-speed internet connectivity rises to 96 percent

Ninety-six percent of K-12 school districts in Illinois can now access the internet at speeds of 100 kbps per student, a substantial improvement from 71 percent just three years ago.

High-speed connectivity ensures that students have access to more digital resources, which in turn expands learning opportunities. By making high-speed internet accessible, educators and students gain the benefits of greater interactivity, collaboration, engagement and personal instruction.

Illinois’ digital advances were reported by the EducationSuperHighway which tracks progress toward K-12 connectivity across the U.S.

While Illinois has advanced its school digital resources, work remains. EducationSuperHighway reports that 407,093 students in 32 school districts across the state still need adequate bandwidth for digital learning. There are also 136 school campuses that lack scalable fiber-optic broadband connections.