The products being purchased in New York will be used primarily for back-end functions such as visitor management software, cyber security, and health-records management.
One big Texas district seeks an LMS; another issues what it calls a “catalog” request, asking vendors to commit to a level of discount.
A Colorado district seeks a comprehensive assessment system, and an Arizona contract for an student information system goes to Edupoint.
Colorado officials want to buy a software system to track students outside traditional school settings; the Philadelphia district focuses on academic interventions.
California officials are looking to buy a new assessment system for teacher credentialing, initially budgeted for at least $3 million.
The Columbus City Schools in Ohio is one of many districts recently to set in motion plans to buy an online curriculum.
Districts are putting big chunks of money into creating centralized electronic management systems for “exceptional students,” including special-needs populations.
Districts and states have made purchases, or are considering them, to help them navigate and analyze massive tides of student information, such as the Los Angeles Unified school system’s hiring of Schoology to implement a learning management system.
States and districts in 2015 have taken on ambitious technology and assessment projects, efforts that include Mississippi signing an $110 million contract with a vendor.