A significant portion of U.S. students, particularly those from low-income households, lack sufficient internet connectivity at home to complete their homework — what is commonly referred to as the “homework gap.” A recent analysis by the Pew Research Center found that over half of eighth-grade U.S. students use their home internet to complete homework every day or almost every day, and just 6% reported never using the internet to get their homework done.
According to a 2018 Pew survey, the “homework gap” is more robust in black, Hispanic, and lower-income households. About 17% of U.S. teens between 13 and 17 years old reported not being able to complete homework assignments due to a lack of internet connectivity or not having a reliable computer with internet access at home. Black teens and teens from lower-income households, however, had notably higher rates, with about a quarter of teens from each demographic reporting an inability to complete homework because of a lack of access to a reliable computer or internet connection at home.
Source: Pew Research Center