7 facts about Adtech status in school

According to an annual CoSN survey, school networks are becoming faster and more modern, but school IT leaders and IT departments are struggling to maintain remote access and support needs.

The AdTech District Leadership 2022 survey provides a high level of insight into what state of school district leaders think about the state of education technology. The 2022 K-12 IT Leadership Survey is made possible by CoSN’s Ninth Annual Survey and MCH Data, conducted by Ed-Fi Alliance and CDW-G in partnership with K12 Insight and AASA.

“There is no shortage of challenges facing schools in our country today, but the annual CoSN IT survey also sheds light on a number of areas where we can be encouraged; Increased connectivity, more devices, increased security awareness, and the huge impact that IT leaders have on their school district planning process, ”said Troy Wheeler, president of the Ad-Fi Alliance.

“We have made progress in raising awareness and action in all of these areas, and especially around data interoperability. When having a district-wide data strategy, instructional leaders and IT leaders alike can accurately track trends over time and better assist educators and students with their own data. We will continue to support these efforts with our partners at CoSN. “

Key findings of the report include:

1. Although cyber security is the number one priority for IT leaders, the risks are underestimated. For example, only 8% consider their district to be at high risk for ransomware attacks. Yet we know that districts are the main target for cyber criminals, according to CISA.

2. Applying 1: 1 strategy to 84% of district school-owned devices, BYOD initiatives are largely abandoned. And 1: 1 strategies occurring at all grade levels including primary level

3. Providing support for home access puts pressure on school district IT departments More than half of the districts lack the capacity to provide remote assistance to students and families.

4. Modernizing school networks – only 19% reporting relatively slow speeds of 100Mbps or less. Eight out of ten reports are taking steps to advance data interoperability in their districts, but most are still in the early stages. SSO (Single Sign-On) is the most implemented interoperability initiative where 80% of districts have implemented it in whole or in part.

5. There is a substantial pay gap between those working in urban / rural districts and suburban / urban districts for current IT district leadership.

6. 31% of current IT leaders are planning to retire in the next 5 years, of which 12% said they are retiring earlier due to the epidemic. This will be a big challenge for the school system everywhere.

7. IT leaders are still irresistibly white (85%) and predominantly male (64%).

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