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.
- 99.8% of classrooms have networked Internet connectivity.
- 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.
- 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.