In the ongoing debate over technology in classrooms, a new study from London suggests banning mobile phones in schools leads to better test results.
Research from the London School of Economics finds after schools prohibit mobile phones on campus, test scores for 16-year-old students jump by more than 6%, which is the equivalent of five more days of classroom instruction.
This view is misguided, according to Beland and Murphy, who found that the ban produced improvements in test scores among students, with the lowest-achieving students gaining twice as much as average students. The ban had a greater positive impact on students with special education needs and those eligible for free school meals while having no discernible effect on high achievers.
“We found that not only did student achievement improve, but also that low-achieving and low-income students gained the most. We found the impact of banning phones for these students was equivalent to an additional hour a week in school, or to increasing the school year by five days.