Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction Issues Bulletin Regarding Information Technology Services
(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) OLYMPIA, Wash., Sept. 19 -- The Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction issued the following bulletin:
TO: Educational Service District Superintendents
Chief School District Administrators
School District Technology Coordinators
FROM: Randy I. Dorn, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
RE: SchoolSpeedTest Month October 1-31, 2013: Test School Internet Connectivity Speed
CONTACT: Dennis Small, (360) 725-6384, firstname.lastname@example.org
TTY: (360) 664-3631
Washington SchoolSpeedTest October 1-31, 2013
Washington is one of many other states encouraging school staff to take the National SchoolSpeedTest. When the one-minute test is run, it records available bandwidth (the rate of data transfer) on a classroom Internet connection. Measurements taken throughout the day show how much bandwidth is available-maximum and minimum-during times of peak usage.
Eighty percent of schools in the United States have insufficient bandwidth to meet the demand for teaching, learning and online assessment. These issues are well known to teachers and staff; however, there is no centralized database that defines the dynamics of connectivity at the school level. Results from the SchoolSpeedTest will provide important data states can use to make the case for greater investment in high-speed connectivity, especially to schools far from urban centers.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is working with EducationSuperHighway to launch Washington's SchoolSpeedTest October 1, 2013. EducationSuperHighway (http://www.educationsuperhighway.org/) is a non-profit organization that advocates for reliable, high-capacity Internet access.
Collect Connectivity Data Throughout October
All through October, anyone on a school network can take a free SchoolSpeedTest and add data to the national inventory. To get the best data snapshot, school staff should take the test ten to twenty times during October, at different times of the day.
Internet speed will vary with the size of the wire or optical fiber that connects the school to the Internet service provider, how the network hardware distributes the data in school and the number of simultaneous users. Typically, the SchoolSpeedTest identifies many schools that need better, faster network infrastructure for educational activities enriched by online content and applications.
Find Out More. Register for a GoTo Webinar.
* SchoolSpeedTest Technical Information: Wednesday, September 25, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
* SchoolSpeedTest Overview: Thursday, October. 3, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Register on the OSPI Web site, http://www.k12.wa.us/EdTech/BroadbandSpeedTestWebinars.aspx.
District, Regional and National Reports
EducationalSuperHighway will analyze the data and create a report for each participating district that shows available bandwidth during school hours. Schools and districts could find the reports useful as they plan for network upgrades and technology acquisition. EducationSuperHighway will use the data to make the case to increase the reach of high-speed broadband and policy reform at the national level.
If you have questions about the SchoolSpeedTest, email email@example.com or call (360) 725-6384. The agency TTY number is (360) 664-3631.
This information is also accessible on the OSPI Web site at http://www.k12.wa.us/bulletinsmemos
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