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Online Learning Solutions

Parents have mixed feelings regarding schools reopening. While some parents are not willing to send their kids back, others believe in-person education is the best alternative. Parents from low-income families are more likely to seek alternative and third-party resources to further their child’s education. Additional headlines can be found in the attached slide presentation (slide 7 – 24).

Additional Headlines

K-12 Educational Changes is the number one disturbance affecting households in the United States, according to the US Census

  • 99.4% of Americans surveyed by the Census said K-12 changes have affected their daily lives, more than loss in income, food scarcity, delayed medical care, and housing insecurity.
  • As early as April 2020, 8 in 10 parents reported their child was learning remotely. (Gallup)

Mobile Apps Could Help Mitigate the Digital Divide

  • According to CNN, the pandemic “underscores digital divide facing students and educators.” The outlet reports that thousands of students in poor school districts “simply dropped off the map since schools closed on March 16.”
  • Ninety-five of teens have access to smartphones, compared to 88% with access to desktop or laptop computers.

The lack of support is driving demand for third-party resources among those without reliable internet access

  • Twenty-three percent of parents are using third-party resources to further their child education. Among those without reliable internet access, that number goes up to 41%.

High-Poverty Districts Students

  • “51% of teachers in high-poverty schools reported that most of their students were participating daily in distance learning. For affluent schools, the number was 84%.” (ChalkBeat)
  • Students from low-income families have less access to school resources. A survey conducted in May discovered that 62% of parents from low-income families reported that their child had interacted with teachers since schools closed, compared to 85% of affluent parents. (ChalkBeat)
  • According to the Washington Post, "20% of U.S. teachers say they are not likely to return to their classrooms this fall if schools reopen."

Americans parents are afraid

  • With case spikes and news about a possible second wave emerging, parents’ perceptions of the risks of sending their children back to school increases. As of July 13, seven in 10 American parents see schools reopening as a risk.

Some parents are not convinced it is safe to return

  • As reported by IPSOS, “if schools reopened in the fall, more than half of parents with a school-aged child report being very or somewhat likely to switch to at-home learning.”
  • Furthermore, “Fifty-nine percent would likely pursue at-home learning such online school or homeschooling, with 30% saying they would be very likely to do so. Parents in the Midwest are least likely to say this (49%), while those in the South (64%) are most likely.”

Parents are concerned about safety measures

  • Sixty percent of parents support decreasing the number of children and alternating between in-person and virtual classes
  • Parents from low-income families are the least likely to say they will send their children back to school in the fall.
  • A recent survey conducted in California discovered that only 30% of white parents and 17% of parents of color agree that students “should attend in-person classes daily this fall”.

Parents are willing to pay for learning solutions

  • Eighty percent of parents surveyed they would pay to have “their child utilize an educational program while at home.”

Parents need assistance teaching Math to their kids

  • A study conducted by The Collaborative for Student Growth at NWEA discovered that students are likely to return to school in the fall with around 70% of the learning gains in reading; however, in mathematics, the percentage drops to only 50%, nearly a full year behind.
  • When OSMO asked 2,000 parents amid the pandemic what subjects they would probably fail if they had to take a child’s course today, math was their number one choice.

Research Strategy

There is a lot of contradicting information regarding parents’ willingness to send their children back to school. Percentages vary from 25% to 75%, depending on the report. There seems to be a shift in how confident parents are, with most recent reports showing parents more concerned about sending their kids back to school than before.
The research team reorganized the slides to provide a more cohesive presentation; however, we did not exclude the previous ones. The new presentation starts after slide 7. We encountered some additional data points that complemented the ones provided before, which were added to the final presentation.
Furthermore, there is a lack of diversity regarding topics that sources are covering, with most focusing on safety and desire to send kids back to school.