Changing Perspectives on Education
Voters say K-12 education should be a top priority for lawmakers in 2023
- Voters say K-12 education should be a top priority for lawmakers in 2023
- Dramatic learning loss is sinking in
- Parents have felt learning loss in significant numbers — they report their children are behind and have missed a great deal of learning time
- Parents are ready for and expect schools to change
- Demand for bold changes in education is growing among parents and voters
Voters say K-12 education should be a top priority for lawmakers in 2023.
While education did not seem to be a top motivating factor in recent elections, educational change is one of voters’ top expectations of lawmakers as they move from elections to leadership.
Education is at the top of the priority list, even more than health care and infrastructure.
Parents can see their children’s learning setbacks firsthand. But the scale of learning loss - for their own children and those across the country - is jarring. Recent results on the Nation’s Report Card showed significant declines for 9-year-olds in math and reading scores saw the biggest drop in 30 years.
In October 2021, only 36% of voters wanted to bold changes and for schools to adopt new ways of doing things. In November 2022, that number jumped to 46%. Parents had a similar shift over the same time period, going from 35% to 46%.