The educational productivity paradox

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The effects of increased IT expenditures in educational institutions by the information technology researchers is discussed. An analysis of the data from over 2,500 different school/class combinations in the state of Pennsylvania has shown that IT factors do not show consistent, positive relationships with higher educational math and reading test scores. Reading proficiency scores were positively and significantly affected by Internet availability in the classroom. It was found that as schools increased computers both in absolute numbers and per student, math proficiency actually decreased. Internet capability in the classroom positively affected the percentage by 1.3%. Negative effects were found with total number of students in the school, computes per student, and titles in the library per student.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-114
Number of pages4
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


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