IT Leadership Survey

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're excited to see what the next decade has in store!

The 2015 IT Leadership Survey Report is now available.

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2014: IT Leadership and Gender

Recent media attention has focused on the under-representation of women in high-tech fields and raised questions about gender representation in the K-12 sector. To contribute to that conversation, we dove back into our survey data to see what information we had gathered about gender. The data revealed several interesting gender discrepancies, some of which parallel industry-wide trends. Download the free analysis below to learn more.

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Top 10 Key Findings from the 2015 IT Leadership Survey

1. For the second straight year, Assessment Readiness is the number one priority for IT Leaders, yet less than 30% report they are fully prepared for online assessments.

2. Despite 30% reporting budget increases, 54% still indicate that they don’t have enough money to “meet overall expectations of the school board/district leaders.”

3. K-12 IT Leaders are increasingly worried about the privacy and security of student data; 57% said the issue is more important than it was last year.

4. Respondents expect their instructional materials to be at least 50% digital within the next three years.

5. K-12 IT Leaders are not as well compensated as their counterparts in the private sector. Private sector CTOs in the bottom 10% of the private earnings range still earn more than the average K-12 IT Leader.

6. Female K-12 IT Leaders earn less than their male counterparts. Among leaders in the lowest salary range, 65% are women.

7. K-12 IT Leadership lacks diversity—88% of leaders are white. While that percentage somewhat aligns with the general population of whites in the U.S. (78%)2, it does not reflect the make-up of the K-12 student body, which is projected this year to have a majority non-white population.3

8. Leaders have extensive education technology experience. A remarkable 89% have been in ed tech for more than six years, 42% for more than 10 years, and 31% for more than 20.

9. Leaders are very busy. 74% are in charge of both instructional and administrative technology.

10. 58% of CTOs/CIOs/District Technology Directors report to their Superintendents — a best practice identified by CoSN.

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