Education Technology Survey Results 2012-13
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2012-13 Annual Technology Survey Snapshot

293 districts responded to our annual technology survey.

Standards for Educational Technology

  • 204 school districts have technology standards for students. In 120 districts, tech standards are mandatory.
  • 160 districts have technology standards for teachers. In 60 districts, these standards are mandatory.
  • 59 districts have technology standards for paraprofessionals. In 23 districts, these standards are mandatory.
  • 130 districts have technology standards for administrators. In 43 districts, these standards are mandatory.

Internet Connectivity

  • 99.8% of classrooms are networked with Internet connectivity.

Wireless Internet Access

  • 92.5% of Washington school buildings provide some degree of wireless access to the Internet. Of those buildings, 73% provide access throughout the entire building.

Standards-based Computers

  • The ratio of students to standards-based networked computers with Internet connectivity is 3.66 to 1, while the ratio of students to all computers is 2.58 to 1.
  • 29.5% of instructional computers in use do not meet state-recommended minimum standards (hardware/operating system).
  • Of the total 402,962 instructional computers in use, 39% 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 3.4 GhZ or higher or Core2/i3 or higher Windows desktop or laptop
  • Intel Core 2 Duo/i5/i7 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 the school district.


  • Teachers and kids can take advantage of 52,599 document cameras and 17,738 interactive whiteboards – present in an average of 88.5% and 29.8% of state classrooms.
  • 96.2% of classrooms have an LCD projector – 57,181 units across Washington.
  • 127,261 portable computers — laptops and net books — are available for class activities and learning projects, as well as 26,934 wireless tablet devices, predominantly iPads.
  • 11.5% of the computers run Macintosh OS, 87.8% run Windows.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

  • 223 districts (76.1%) allow students or staff to connect personal devices to their district network, although 72 of those districts allow staff access only.

Role of Teacher-Librarians

  • In 56.4% of school buildings, teacher librarians play a role that supports technology integration.
  • Of the 208 districts (69.6%) that have an Internet safety initiative, 104 (35.5%) involve teacher-librarians in the delivery of this training.

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