School District Websites Still Have A Long Way To Go On Their Digital Journey
The 2022 website benchmark scans were conducted in August 2022 using the Monsido Web Governance platform. The scans evaluated 500 pages of the largest school district websites based on their website’s accessibility, content quality, performance, SEO, response time, and uptime.
The industry website benchmark report was also conducted in 2021. To shed light on the progression of school district websites, the 2022 results were cross-compared with the 2021 results to showcase how school district websites have progressed in each tested website category.
In 2021, it was revealed that in the Content Quality category most school district websites scored in the “Poor” category. The content quality of a website is based on a variety of different factors, including the presence of broken links, misspellings, broken image links, content readability and more. In 2022, the industry benchmark score continued to lag behind and decreased by 6.5 points, scoring even lower in the “Fail” category. In addition, the scores for school district websites also decreased significantly in the Performance category. On a positive note, the web accessibility of school district websites remained consistent, improving inclusivity and digital equity for students, their families and staff.
“Websites are a vital information hub for the school community, yet most school communicators have limited time and resources to make updates on their website. We hope this report will help those managing school websites prioritize what updates to make to ensure information is up-to-date, accessible, and deliver a high-quality experience.” says Josh Ditthardt, Sales Director at Monsido powered by CivicPlus.
The industry benchmark revealed that the Top 5 Websites Overall belonged to Metro Nashville Public Schools, Hawaii Department of Education, Dekalb County Schools, Jefferson County School District No. R-1, and the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Top performers in the other benchmarked categories are detailed in the report.
Monsido is a leading web governance solution designed to enable organizations to deliver a superior and inclusive user experience across their digital presence and support their journey to ensure communications are open, optimized, and compliant. The Monsido Platform includes a cohesive suite of tools for web accessibility, website quality assurance, brand and content compliance, user consent management, social and web content archiving, and more. Monsido is powered by integrated technology leader CivicPlus®. For more information, visit monsido.com.