U.S. ranks 12th for online learning access

72% of U.S. students have a home computer, compared to 91.7% in the UK and 85.6% in Canada

An impediment to online learning in the U.S. is the cost of internet service, which is the second-highest among 30 countries analyzed by an online tutoring service. (GettyImages/Marko Geber)

The U.S. was not as well-equipped for the massive COVID shift to online learning, with families paying more for internet service and fewer owning home computers than families on other nations.

The U.S. rank 12th for digital infrastructure in an analysis of 30 countries done by Preply, an online tutoring platform. Among the study’s key findings:

  • Only 72% of U.S. students have a home computer, compared to 91.7% in the UK and 85.6% in Canada.
  • U.S. ranks low for government spending on education per pupil, at 19.4% of GDP per capita.
  • The U.S. has 9,303 online learning courses—more than Canada, New Zealand,
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