In any given K-12 district, you’ll find at least some teachers choosing their own edtech products. Why? If their district hasn’t shown tech leadership, there are no shortage of tempting free apps to choose from. Why not fly solo, so to speak?

But that’s contrary to what districts have come to learn over time: that students and their parents benefit most when all teachers in a district are assessing and reporting on students using a common, approved set of tools and schemes.

In some instances, teachers independently using their own technology can work out well. But teachers run multiple risks when finding...

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  • About the Author:

    Scott Welch is co-founder of the Edsby learning management and analytics system for K-12. He serves as a connection between Edsby customers and the engineering and design groups, which he believes is crucial for the long-term success of any software company.