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2014 CoSN IT Leadership Survey

After years of budget cuts, decreases in staffing, and technology improvements delays in school districts, the 2014 IT Leadership Survey shows that the big picture might be improving.
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JR Renna

on 16 April 2014

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Transcript of 2014 CoSN IT Leadership Survey

CTO Characteristics
Retirements
2014 CoSN IT Leadership Survey

K-12 IT Leadership
Title
Outsourcing
58%
CETL Awareness
72%
Staffing
Challenges facing School System CTOs
Changing culture of teaching and learning
Budget
Budgets are improving after several years of crushing cuts in funding, providing a glimmer of hope for the future.
2013
2014
19%
34%
47%
budgets not adequate to support existing equipment, meet board expectations, or implement new technologies
68%
plan to delay replacements or defer maintenance upgrades and contracts
Priorities
Assessment
Readiness
Mobile
Learning
Wireless
Access
Budget
Increases
18%
83%
40%
fully ready for the 2014 online assessments starting this fall; 11% report that no resources are available at all.
districts report that digital materials will account for more than 50% of the educational resources in their district over the next 3 years
of classrooms lack the wireless access they need to employ mobile learning
72%
77%
saw their number of technology assets/devices increase.
14%
27%
2013
2014
Though there has been a modest increase in staffing, there are still concerns that staffing is not at adequate levels to integrate and implement new technologies and deal with changes for common core, online assessments, and digital content.
Staffing
Increases
reported that staffing has remained the same or decreased
57%
59%
have a limited staff that works in reactionary mode
have no time to implement new classroom technology
Budget constraints/ lack of resources
Breaking
down silos
Education
Loyalty
Background
20%
50%
will retire in the next 5 years
will retire in the next 10 years
67%
have earned a masters degree or higher
have been in their positions for 6+ years
57%
44%
45%
Educational/Instructional
Technology/Technical
Responsibility
Cabinet
CTO
63%
of districts recognize the title
or CIO, up from 43% in 2013
68%
are responsible for
both information and educational technology
51%
are part of the district cabinet
aware of CoSN’s two year old Certified Education Technology Leader Certification (CETL) -- up substantially from 50% last year
have outsourced one or more functions; software (62%) is outsourced more often than hardware (32%)
View the full report at: http://cosn.org/ITsurvey2014
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