IT Leadership Survey

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Since the education technology profession is constantly evolving, CoSN conducts its IT Leadership survey annually. The survey provides valuable information about how education leaders are leveraging technology and paints a picture of potential changes in the field. Look to us for your comprehensive overview of technology trends, challenges, and priorities! The results of the survey will inform the decisions we make to serve our members going forward. Our IT Leadership survey is sponsored by SchoolDude and conducted in partnership with MDR.
Over the past decade, ed tech professionals have transformed themselves from IT specialists into strategic leaders whose work plays a critical role in all aspects of education. We are excited to see what the next decade has in store!

The 2018 IT Leadership Survey is now available! 

Download your free copy of 2018 results

Top 10 Key Findings from the 2018 IT Leadership Survey

  • Cyber Security and Broadband/Network Capacity tie as the top priorities for IT Leaders.
  • Budget constraints are ranked the top challenge for the fourth straight year.
  • Integrating technology into the classroom continues to be the most understaffed IT function.
  • A transition from print-to-digital is taking longer than projected.
  • Twice as many districts that are seeking to create a 1:1 (device to student) environment are providing the device versus using Bring-Your-Own-Device strategies.
  • IT Leaders are increasingly involved in digital content purchasing decisions. For 28% of districts, digital content cannot be purchased without their approval.
  • IT Leaders are outsourcing less than they used to.
  • Men and Women tend to take different paths to IT Leadership. More than half of women come to their role with an academic background in education and instruction, as compared to just a third of men. Whereas men primarily come from a technical background.
  • Significant progress has been made in the transition to digital assessments, with 80% ready or almost ready to conduct Common Core or statewide high-stakes online assessments.
  • IT Leaders are predominately White (90%). This is the same percentage as prior years and shows no progress towards diversifying the field to include more district IT Leaders of color.

Want to compare the last three years in more depth? Access a full copy of the 201720162015, 2014, or 2013 survey reports.



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