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Navigating the future of education

May 9, 2024  |  Ellen McGuyer

Navigating the Future: Cybersecurity Tops the Agenda

2024 State of EdTech District Leadership report

As we plunge deeper into the digital era, the challenges and priorities of K-12 education technology (edtech) leaders continue to evolve. MCH Strategic Data, a proud partner in the 2024 State of Edtech District Leadership report, is excited to discuss the pivotal insights from this year’s survey, conducted in collaboration with esteemed organizations including CoSN, AASA, CDW Education, K12 Insight, and Lightspeed Systems.


This year’s report, reflecting responses from over 980 edtech leaders across U.S. school systems, emphasizes the critical role of cybersecurity in safeguarding our educational environments. An astounding 99 percent of districts are actively enhancing their cybersecurity measures, making it the foremost concern among edtech leaders today. This prioritization underscores not just the threats posed by cyberattacks but also the proactive steps districts are taking to fortify their defenses.


Artificial intelligence (AI) also plays a significant role in this year’s findings. A notable 97 percent of edtech leaders recognize the positive impacts AI can have on education, with 35 percent of districts implementing generative AI initiatives. These developments highlight the potential of AI to transform educational practices, despite the ongoing focus on cybersecurity.


Another key aspect of the report is the emphasis on student well-being, with 93 percent of districts using technology solutions to address or improve this area. However, the survey also sheds light on challenges such as the reduction in services for student home broadband access, a concern as 31 percent of districts have stopped providing these services, up from 19 percent two years ago.


The complexity of K-12 IT systems continues to increase as more responsibilities like HVAC, phone systems, and physical security are integrated into school networks. This integration not only challenges the infrastructure but also places a heavier burden on edtech leaders who face hurdles in hiring skilled IT staff, managing budget constraints, and keeping up with technological advancements.


As leaders in providing exceptional educational data, MCH Strategic Data plays a pivotal role in equipping edtech leaders and vendors with the insights needed to navigate the evolving challenges highlighted in the 2024 State of Edtech report. Our proprietary data collection methods, coupled with direct human verification, ensure that our K-12 education data is the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive available. This allows our clients—ranging from tech startups to established educational product and service companies—to make informed decisions that enhance their offerings and align with the dynamic needs of schools and districts. Whether you're looking to expand your reach or refine your strategies, MCH Strategic Data is your trusted partner for superior market insights.


The CoSN report serves as a crucial resource for superintendents, school boards, and business officers in outlining priorities and budgets. It also guides resource and program development aimed at addressing the challenges highlighted in the survey. We congratulate Keith Krueger and his team for their continued excellence in providing this invaluable resource to the K-12 community.


As we move forward, MCH Strategic Data remains dedicated to empowering educational leaders with the data and insights needed to drive and sustain innovation in K-12 education. Together, we are setting the stage for a safer, more inclusive, and technologically advanced educational landscape.



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