2017 Survey

The Learning Counsel’s premier annual U.S. K-12 Survey collects data to rate schools and mark national trends in how digital transitions are happening, particularly from the view of software sophistication, devices and network infrastructure. It is also a school “Self-Assessment” Tool because schools find that just the process of answering all the questions helps them to talk more amongst themselves and work out strategies to meet or exceed efforts in the surveyed areas nationally.



708 U.S. K12 Schools or Districts
18,700 average number of students
33 average number of schools

Highlights of the 2016 Survey

  • Hardware and major systems spending predicted to be slightly up in 2017.
  • Network coverage 80-90% but estimated to be inadequate to burgeoning use of digital curriculum.
  • Higher spend by 86% of respondents on digital curriculum expected, but growth slowed.
  • Billions in spend has yet to shift out of paper textbooks into digital – 80% of those budgets still haven’t shifted.
  • The market “flipped” by an estimated $2 Billion in one year, which was the highest year on record for digital curriculum spend at 25% jump up in 2016, to be weighted more for organizational spend than individual teacher spend.
  • Consumer spend on digital curriculum now exceeds all K12 spending by $3.5 Billion.
  • Schools and districts intend to move to full digital curriculum coverage models.
  • A lot of work needs to be done regarding student data privacy and security – only 33% of schools have a policy regarding who has ownership of student data when shared with third party users, plus other issues.
  • 56% of respondents say teachers use 50-75% paid resources over free for their digital learning objects.
  • While only 54% of the curriculum planning and training acknowledges, there could be some “screen learning,” only 28% view digital curriculum and content purchased by the district/school as the “primary” resource for instruction by teachers.
  • Schools have gone past initial infrastructure a small way into digital tools and basic apps for all – and are now going deeper into digital curriculum content.

Buy the Report to see what we mean by these key analyst take-aways from all the data:
1. The market is maturing.
2. The market in the “eye of the storm” of digital curriculum transition.
3. The consumerization trend will be bringing increasing pressure on schools.
4. The entire K12 market is going through the hardest part of transition to digital.

Contact us to purchase the 2016 Report for $325. Custom one-hour briefings are available for you and your entire team for an additional $1,000. Please also stay tuned for the national market Sneak Peek of the data on January 6th, 2017 with partial data discussed with a recorded analyst video.

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Well, maybe not the whole world, but certainly help save your own school by letting the thought-provoking questions help assess how you are doing and cause helpful discussion.

The Learning Counsel provides this survey and assessment tool for U.S. K-12 and equivalent international educators about digital curriculum strategies. When we cut off responses in October each year, we then select the Top 10 respondents to join us at our national Gathering event for an Awards Ceremony to honor their achievements.

The Learning Counsel ranks the composition of an institution’s:

  • Strategy elements.
  • Digital curriculum tactics.
  • Coverage models.
  • Policies.
  • Organizational practices and systems.
  • Successful pedagogical shift.
  • Educator and student technology provisions, training, and use of digital curriculum.
  • Other elements.

The data resulting from this study will be used to produce a key findings report editorialized by the Learning Counsel.

Winner interviews will be publicly promoted with video capture, editorial on the Learning Counsel site, and press releases to general media outlets.

"As our district was transitioning to digital content it was critical to conduct a needs assessment early in the program planning and development process. Without understanding the needs, interests, and objectives of our current state, we would not be able to provide the vision and resources that effectively meet the needs of our district. The Learning Council’s 2015 Digital Curriculum Strategy School Assessment Tool & Survey proved to be a valuable tool with this process! Through the survey, we were able to understand the extent of our digital content implementation, identify the gaps in our implementation of digital content, and gather the information about next steps in our action plan. This also provided a great opportunity to engage current staff members in the planning and implementation process."
Kahle Charles

Executive Director of Curriculum
Department of Assessment,
Curriculum and Instruction
St. Vrain Valley Schools

Our initial surveys, and our city-by-city tour of Digital Curriculum Strategy Discussions, have proved to us that many districts and schools do not have comprehensive strategies as they move to Digital Curriculum. They are using all types of random hardware products, subscription sites, apps, digital content and systems.

On top of this confusion of available devices and software, there is no immediate and codified solution for how these digital “things” are to be vetted, purchased or used all together in a cohesive over-arching solution. These are trying times in the transition to digital. Teachers are literally overwhelmed at a time when standards and testing are also changing. It goes without saying this is creating an enormous burden for schools.

This Survey will cause you to take inventory and look at what you are doing from a top-down pedagogical view. Perhaps you are over-duplicating digital materials with paper, or have no coverage at all in key subject areas. Inspecting your policies, methods of purchase and use will be a healthy exercise that can greatly benefit your district’s transition to digital curriculum.

Thank you!

David Kafitz, Ed.D.

V.P. Logistics & Research