By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, eSchool News, March 13, 2013 — School district technology leaders aren’t too optimistic that their ed-tech budgets will increase over the next year, and funding remains among the top challenges that face ed-tech leaders, according to the Consortium for School Networking’s first annual K-12 IT Leadership Survey, released at CoSN’s annual conference in San Diego.
The survey revealed these seven key findings:
- Eighty percent of school district IT leaders predict flat or declining ed-tech budgets.
- When asked to name their top three priorities for the 2012-13 school year, K-12 technology leaders identified Bring Your Own Device programs, assessment readiness, and broadband access.
- Budget and resource limitations, changing the culture of teaching, and breaking down district-wide barriers are ed-tech leaders’ biggest challenges
- The most common titles, when it comes to school district IT leadership, are chief technology officer (CTO) and chief information office (CIO).
- Many CTOs have held their positions for more than six years, indicating that the job position is relatively stable.
- Eighty percent of IT leaders are in charge of both instructional and administrative technology for central and school-based staff.
- School district CTO salaries tend to lag behind salaries of comparable positions in the business field.
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