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Study Finds Gender Gap in K-12 Ed-Tech Leadership Salaries

Study Finds Gender Gap in K-12 Ed-Tech Leadership Salaries

According to a new survey, women who hold information-technology leadership positions in K-12 school districts continue to face pay gaps.

The survey, conducted by the Consortium for School Networking, found that "while women K-12 IT leaders as a group are more likely to have advanced academic degrees and are more experienced than their male counterparts, they are over-represented in the lowest salary bands within their field," according to an article on EducationWeek.org.

"Women are also far less likely than men to hold prestigious titles such as chief information officer, and far more likely to hold less prestigious titles such as technology coach," the article said.

According to the article, "some of the specific figures released by CoSN in conjunction with the beginning of their annual conference, being held here this week:

  • 87 percent of women surveyed (compared to 72 percent of men) continued their academic studies after receiving a bachelor's degree
  • 80 percent of survey respondents who reported being in their current position for more than 20 years are women. Two-thirds of those with less than one year of experience are men
  • Only a handful of K-12 chief technology officials earn more than $160,000 per year. All are men
  • Women comprise 65 percent of those who reported making under $70,000 per year
  • 57 percent of male survey respondents have a background outside of education, compared to 24 percent of women.

"The findings broadly track the results of an Education Week/CoSN analysis published last September based on data from CoSN's 2013 annual survey," the article said. "That study was a 'wake-up call that gender bias does exist in K-12 education technology leadership,' CoSN CEO Keith Krueger said at the time."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor 

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