Education Technology Survey Results 2011-12
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2011-12 Annual Technology Survey Snapshot

293 districts responded to our annual technology survey.

Standards for Technology Proficiency

  • 204 school districts have technology standards for students. In 144 districts, tech standards are mandatory.
  • 164 districts have technology standards for teachers. In 87 districts, these standards are mandatory.
  • 53 districts have technology standards for paraprofessionals. In 27 districts, these standards are mandatory.
  • 127 districts have technology standards for educational leaders. In 60 districts, these standards are mandatory.

Internet Connectivity

  • 99.8% of classrooms have networked Internet connectivity.

Standards-based Computers

  • The ratio of students to standards-based networked computers with Internet connectivity is 3.87 to 1, while the ratio of students to all computers is 2.62 to 1.
  • 29% of instructional computers in use do not meet state-recommended minimum standards.
  • Of the total 393,150 instructional computers in use, 48% are located in computer labs or libraries.

Generally, standard represents a 4-year old or newer computer. The metric is processing power. So, school laptops or desktop PCs must be built with this processor level or higher.

  • Intel or AMD based Pentium IV 3.0 GhZ or higher or Dual Core desktop or laptop
  • Intel Core Duo or higher Mac desktop or laptop.
  • Netbooks purchased within the last three years.

Email Access

  • Nearly all K-12 certificated staff have email accounts provided by their school district.
  • 176,515 of our 1,030,346 K-12 students have e-mail accounts provided by their school district.


  • Teachers and kids can take advantage of 50,976 document cameras and 15,556 interactive whiteboards – present in an average of 85.9% and 26.2% of state classrooms.
  • 97.5% of classrooms have an LCD projector – 56,517 units across Washington.
  • 102,820 portable computers — laptops and net books — are available for class activities and learning projects, as well as 9,625 wireless tablet devices (predominantly iPads).
  • 13.7% of the computers run Macintosh OS, 85.7% run Windows.

Computer Access Outside Class

  • 68.6%+ of state schools provide computer access outside class time, split between before school, after school or during free periods. On average 53.5 computers are available in these schools for student use.
  • In 9% of our schools, students can take laptops or smart keyboards home. There are, on average, 89.8 devices available.

Wireless Internet Access

  • 84.6% of Washington school buildings provide some degree of wireless access to the Internet. Of those buildings, 56.2% provide access throughout the entire building.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

  • 175 districts (59.7%) allow students or staff to connect personal devices to their district network, although 49 of those districts allow staff access only.

Role of Teacher-Librarians

  • In 57.3% of school buildings, teacher librarians have a role in supporting technology integration.
  • Of the 118 districts (40.3%) that have an Internet safety initiative, 65 (55.1%) involve teacher librarians in the delivery of this training.

   Updated 8/22/2012

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