Gender Gap in K-12 EdTech Leadership

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The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has released an analysis examining K-12 IT leadership by gender. The key finding: although women are better educated and have more experience, men earn more money and hold the majority of leadership positions in K-12 district technology leadership.

Here are a few more surprising insights:

Representation: Women are less represented in K-12 IT leadership positions than men. 66 percent of survey participants identified themselves as men.

Earnings: 48 percent of men earn $100,000 or more, whereas 36 percent of women earn that amount. At the lower end of the pay scale, 15 percent of men earn under $70,000 versus 26 percent of women.

Job titles: Women in K-12 IT leadership positions have less prestigious titles than men. Compared to 15 percent of men, nearly 25 percent of women, titles suggest intermediate positions, including manager, coordinator, school technology leader, or a director. Additionally, compared to 63 percent of women, nearly 75 percent of men possess higher designations, such as chief technology officer, chief information officer, or district technology officer.

Educational attainment: 79 percent of women in school district leadership positions have graduate degrees, compared to 68 percent of men.

Experience: 85 percent of women in school district leadership roles have 10 or more years of industry experience, compared to 73 percent of men.

Read the full report at