Trends In K-12 Enterprise Management: Districts Are Crossing The Chasm With Trepidation

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School districts across the country appear to be taking a page from the playbook of their corporate brethren in seeking an integrated enterprise approach to data management, according to a recent study by Eduventures, the leading research and consulting firm for the education industry. Ninety-one percent of district officials responding to Eduventures' survey indicated that it is important "to integrate academic and administrative data from various district technology systems." Similarly, 90% agreed that "a K-12 enterprise management approach would enable their district to be more effective on behalf of its students."

School districts across the country appear to be taking a page from the playbook of their corporate brethren in seeking an integrated enterprise approach to data management, according to a recent study by Eduventures, the leading research and consulting firm for the education industry. Ninety-one percent of district officials responding to Eduventures' survey indicated that it is important "to integrate academic and administrative data from various district technology systems." Similarly, 90% agreed that "a K-12 enterprise management approach would enable their district to be more effective on behalf of its students."

"In a school district setting, a K-12 enterprise management platform enables district leaders and others to access, analyze, and report against a broad array of academic and administrative data and technology applications, including, but not limited to, financial, human resources, facilities management, school and student characteristics, instructional practices, assessment strategies, professional development, and student achievement results," said Adam Newman, managing vice president of Eduventures' Industry Solutions program, which provides research and counsel to suppliers of schools and school districts.

Enterprise software and technology services have become a $1.8 billion industry that is expected to grow annually at a modest 5% to 7% over the next few years. Consistent with oft-cited pressures from NCLB-fueled reporting demands, districts ranked stakeholder access to (92%) and reporting of (87%) key data, as well as time-savings (87%), as among the strongest perceived benefits of enterprise systems. Given the accompanying pressures to increase student performance, however, it is somewhat surprising that the three instruction-related benefits ranked near the bottom of the list. For example, district staff is relatively less confident in the potential of enterprise management systems to improve instruction, increase student performance, or enhance teacher preparedness.

"These findings indicate that districts are responding directly to the need for solutions to the immediate reporting-related challenges," said Newman. "The results also suggest that, on the whole, providers of enterprise solutions have not yet succeeded in providing a compelling argument regarding the link between effective enterprise data management and systemic strategies to raise student performance."

Other issues covered in Eduventures' report, Trends in K-12 Enterprise Management: Are Districts Ready to Cross the Chasm?, include the challenges and constraints in the K-12 district funding environment and the investment horizon in relation to enterprise management systems, where districts are directing those limited resources, and the factors and preferences shaping their purchasing process. The report is available exclusively to Eduventures' clients. For more information on this report or Eduventures, contact Jay Delaune at 617-532-6094.

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For more than a decade, Eduventures has been the most trusted name in the education market for research, consulting services, and peer networking. Its clients include senior administrators and executives from leading educational institutions and companies serving the K-12, higher education, and corporate learning markets, as well as decision-makers in government agencies and the investment community. For more information, visit http://www.eduventures.com.

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