The Natick, Mass., district counts on teachers to help evaluate ed-tech products, and it is trying to bring more data analysis to that process.
The superintendent of the Compton Unified School District has overseen a digital shift there, in part through partnerships with ed-tech companies.
School systems need tech-based HR systems capable of sharing data and analyzing information, says Dale R. Fisher, a board member of the American Association of School Personnel Administrators.
The chief academic officer of a 13,000-student district says he weighs vendor-produced research as he investigates whether a digital product or service is right for students.
A procurement expert from the nation’s 9th-largest school system says the top reason some vendor contracts fail is due to cumulative neglect.
Charlotte “Nadja” Trez, executive director of English learner services for the 147,000-student Charlotte- Mecklenburg schools, says districts like hers need demanding content for ELLs, scaffolded to different language levels.
Patti Beltram, a nationally recognized career and technical education director, looks for curriculum that is flexible enough to serve her district’s many industry-focused programs.
Arkansas Director of Assessment Hope Worsham talks about rising demands for performance-based, interim, and shorter tests, and what it means for vendors.
When this director of blended learning evaluates products, she’s in the middle of students and teachers, administrators and curriculum leaders, and her opinion carries weight.
Flexibility, the ability to generate actionable Information, and knowledge of the field are highly valued traits among companies vetted by assessment experts in the Orange County, Fla., schools.