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Effective Purchasing Decisions for Schools


We polled leaders in education across the nation on the purchasing decisions in their districts and schools, and received an outstanding response. The data is very interesting and may help us to understand where we, as a nation, are doing well and how we can improve.

Read on to see the results!

1. I am a:
  Response
Teacher
15.6%
Principal
54.4%
District Administrator
27.8%
Educational Consultant
2.2%

2. In purchasing decisions, I:
  Response
Am not involved in purchasing decisions
6.7%
Provide input for others to make final purchasing decisions
15.6%
Receive input from others and make formal recommendations to final decision makers
22.2%
Receive input and recommendations from others and make final purchasing decisions
55.6%

3. I have been an educator for:
  Response
1-3 years
2.2%
4-6 years
2.2%
7-10 years
4.4%
10+ years
91.1%

4. I have been in my current position for:
  Response
1-3 years
31.1%
4-6 years
25.6%
7-10 years
20.0%
10+ years
23.3%

5. My school/district would adopt a new assessment tool within the next 12 months if it provided a significant savings over our current assessment tools
  Response
Strongly Agree
11.1%
Agree
48.9%
Indifferent
13.3%
Disagree
21.1%
Strongly Disagree
5.6%

6. My school/district would adopt a new assessment tool within the next 12 months if it provided a substantial improvement in functionality over our current assessment tools.
  Response
Strongly Agree
18.9%
Agree
47.8%
Indifferent
13.3%
Disagree
13.3%
Strongly Disagree
6.7%

7. My school/district currently uses one or more free products
  Response
Strongly Agree
14.4%
Agree
44.4%
Indifferent
23.3%
Disagree
12.2%
Strongly Disagree
5.6%

8. My school/district encourages teachers to find free products to use in their classrooms
  Response
Strongly Agree
27.8%
Agree
41.1%
Indifferent
16.7%
Disagree
12.2%
Strongly Disagree
2.2%

9. My school/district would use a free product that included advertisements (targeting teachers) if it provided enough value to the classroom
  Response
Strongly Agree
8.9%
Agree
52.2%
Indifferent
23.3%
Disagree
13.3%
Strongly Disagree
2.2%

10. My school/district has already purchased premium upgrades after piloting freemium products
  Response
Strongly Agree
6.7%
Agree
18.9%
Indifferent
37.8%
Disagree
24.4%
Strongly Disagree
12.2%

11. My school/district currently seeks recommendations from teachers in purchasing decisions
  Response
Strongly Agree
27.8%
Agree
50.0%
Indifferent
12.2%
Disagree
7.8%
Strongly Disagree
2.2%

12. My school/district is more likely to purchase a product if teachers have had positive experiences with a free version
  Response
Strongly Agree
34.4%
Agree
46.7%
Indifferent
15.6%
Disagree
3.3%
Strongly Disagree   0.0%

13. My school/district is more likely to use a free “unproven” solution than an expensive “proven” solution.
  Response
Strongly Agree
5.6%
Agree
8.9%
Indifferent
26.7%
Disagree
47.8%
Strongly Disagree
11.1%

14. My school (single campus) is more likely to purchase a product if it receives recommendations from AT LEAST:
  Response
1-3 teachers that have piloted the product
28.9%
4-6 teachers that have piloted the product
38.9%
6-10 teachers that have piloted the product
21.1%
Teacher pilots do not influence purchasing decisions
11.1%

15. My district (multiple campuses) is more likely to purchase a product if it receives recommendations from AT LEAST:
  Response
A single teacher from a single school
1.1%
Multiple teachers from a single school
21.1%
Multiple teachers from 1-3 schools
32.2%
Multiple teachers from 4+ schools
26.7%
Teacher recommendations do not influence purchasing decisions
18.9%

16. My district places more value on purchasing recommendations from Principals rather than similar recommendations from teachers.
  Response
Strongly Agree
3.3%
Agree
27.8%
Indifferent
22.2%
Disagree
42.2%
Strongly Disagree
4.4%

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