Faculty networks are getting quicker and extra trendy, however college IT leaders and IT departments battle to maintain up with the demand for distant entry and assist, in keeping with an annual CoSN survey.
The State of EdTech District Management 2022 survey supplies a high-level sense of what college district leaders consider the state of know-how in training. The 2022 Okay-12 IT Management Survey is CoSN’s ninth annual survey and was made attainable by the Ed-Fi Alliance and CDW-G, performed in partnership with MCH Knowledge, K12 Perception and AASA.
“There aren’t any lack of challenges dealing with our nation’s faculties right now, however the annual CoSN IT survey additionally shines a lightweight on a number of areas the place we will be inspired; elevated connectivity, extra units, elevated consciousness of safety and the outsized impression that IT leaders are having on their college districts’ planning processes,” stated Troy Wheeler, president of the Ed-Fi Alliance.
“We’ve made strides in all these areas, and particularly within the improve in consciousness and motion round information interoperability. When there’s a district-wide information technique, tutorial leaders and IT leaders alike can precisely see traits over time and might higher assist educators and college students with their very own information. We’ll proceed to assist these efforts with our companions at CoSN.”
Key findings from the report embrace:
1. Although cybersecurity is the primary precedence for IT leaders, dangers are underestimated. For instance, solely 8% think about their district to be at excessive threat for a ransomware assault. But we all know districts are a major goal for cyber criminals, in keeping with CISA.
2. With 84% of districts implementing 1:1 methods with school-owned units, BYOD initiatives have largely been deserted. And 1:1 methods are taking place in any respect grade ranges, together with on the elementary degree.
3. Offering assist for residence entry strains the assets of college district IT departments. Greater than half of districts are understaffed of their capacity to offer distant assist to college students and households.
4. Faculty networks are modernizing – solely 19% report the comparatively sluggish speeds of 100Mbps or much less. Eight in ten report taking steps to advance information interoperability of their district, nonetheless, most are nonetheless within the early phases. SSO (Single Signal-On) is essentially the most applied interoperability initiative with 80% of districts having absolutely or partially applied it.
5. There’s a appreciable wage hole between these working in cities/rural districts and people working suburban/city districts for present IT district management.
6. Over the subsequent 5 years 31% of present IT leaders plan to retire, together with 12% who stated they’re retiring earlier due to the pandemic. This will likely be a significant problem for varsity techniques in every single place.
7. IT leaders are nonetheless overwhelmingly white (85%) and predominately male (64%).