It may seem like a bureaucratic, back-office business practice, but procurement matters. How schools discover, acquire, and evaluate learning technology is crucial to whether students and teachers can readily access the tools that support their goals.
But there’s a problem.
There are more than 14,000 school district “consumers” in the United States, each with unique needs and procedures. And there is a growing and overwhelming number of products in the market, with a lack of trusted information about which are most effective.
Current purchasing practices were designed for print-based resources, not modern technology. The result is that at times, teachers and students don’t end up with the best learning technology tools to meet their needs.
We can do more to ensure the promise of personalized learning is fulfilled.
To address this challenge, the Education Industry Association and Digital Promise set out to identify key obstacles and potential solutions for the discovery and acquisition of K-12 personalized learning technology tools. Check out this brief visual as your introduction to our research findings on edtech procurement.
We found there’s a gap between how school and district administrators perceive the procurement process and how providers perceive it.
“Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing” and “Fostering Market Efficiency in K-12 Ed-Tech Procurement” provides full details on a comprehensive research study commissioned by EIA and Digital Promise, and conducted by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Research and Reform in Education.
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