Back to School Priorities
Parents made big changes last year.
- Parents made big changes last year.
- Parents are ready for big, bold change.
- More work to be done
The last year brought significant changes for families. An estimated 15% to 21% of students switched schools since the beginning of the pandemic, with parents prioritizing environments that better met their child’s academic, mental health and overall well-being. Many moved children to public charter schools, that, according to research, offered more personalized instruction for students. Two-thirds of parents who moved schools plan to stay with their change for the 2021-22 school year.
With a year and a half of navigating learning in new ways under their belt, parent expectations of their children’s schools are higher. Parents want their children’s educational experience moving forward to look very different from the past, with more flexible learning options, individualized instruction and increased access to technology.
While parents recognize the herculean work of educators and schools since the pandemic, they want better. They are reporting they are more involved in their child’s education than ever, but don’t believe schools ask for their feedback enough. And they are frustrated with how their children’s school handled the COVID crisis last year.