“Our school communities have persevered through an incredibly difficult dynamic over the past year, but overall we have achieved this in a more adaptive way, open to new approaches and deeply focused on student engagement,” said declared Trenton Goble, Vice President of K-12 Strategy at Instructure. “At the same time, there is a lot of hard work ahead. About half of educators and parents believe students have fallen significantly behind due to COVID-19. We know technology will remain crucial as the pandemic has changed its role from a fun-to-have to an essential service that connects teachers, parents and students across the learning journey. “
The research revealed six key trends that parents and educators across the country believe are important for K-12 teaching and learning.
1. Investing in teachers = investing in student success.
High quality education continues to be recognized as the primary contributor to student success, and investing in immersive professional development is essential to support teacher preparation, develop and deepen skills, and promote teacher effectiveness.
- 85% of parents ranked it as the most important factor.
- Looking at socio-emotional factors, educators (99%) and parents (91%) rated “the student’s relationship with teachers” as being the higher factor.
- Teacher professional development has received the most funding in the move to distance learning and is expected to remain the top two priorities for future funding.
2. The # 1 priority for teachers is student engagement.
Using technology to deliver personalized learning plans, measure student engagement, and recreate basic classroom experiences when students are absent will help teachers capitalize on the investments they have made during the year. last and meet individual learning needs.
- Educators believe that student engagement (92%) and attendance (85%) are the most important measures of student success and are expected to become increasingly important over the next year (73% and 67%, respectively).
- Only one in three parents (33%) say staying engaged has been difficult during the pandemic.
- However, low-income households were more than twice as likely to report having difficulty helping their children stay engaged.
3. It is time to make a fundamental change in evaluation.
As students continue to feel the pressure around high-stakes tests, such as end-of-semester or end-of-year assessments, the perceived value of these tests has dramatically diminished. Keeping every student on track to meet grade standards will require a hands-on approach to assessment that is part of the regular education cycle.
- In terms of measuring student achievement, respondents perceive standardized test scores as the least important of fourteen factors, at just 29%.
- To check students’ understanding during the pandemic, 76% of educators conducted formative assessments during distance learning.
- About half of educators and parents believe students have fallen significantly behind due to school closures linked to COVID-19.
- Almost 30% of educators say that the reception of assessment data is a little or much later than necessary.
4. Hybrid teaching and learning is here to stay.
The continued use of technology will be essential to support classroom activities and ensure that students stay engaged and parents stay informed, both inside and outside the classroom.
- 81% of educators believe that technology will become more and more important in teaching and learning in the future.
- 67% believe that distance learning will have an impact on classroom practices in the future
- Although the majority of both groups report a positive change in opinion and preference, parents are significantly more likely to report an increased preference for online learning at 74%, as well as a more positive opinion of learning. 64% online (compared to educators who reported 55% on both questions).
5. Equitable access is essential to achieve equity in education.
Funding the acquisition of materials remains a top priority for districts, as access to technological devices and internet connection continue to play a role in teacher preparation and student engagement.
- Equipment procurement has received the most funding in the shift to distance learning and is expected to remain a top priority for future funding.
- 39% say that insufficient equipment or lack of access to devices is a major challenge or concern with technology solutions, only as a result of a lack of in-person interaction (55% for parents, 65% for educators).
- Respondents from high-income households were twice as likely to be fully satisfied (52%) as low-income respondents (28%).
6. Technology is essential to keeping teachers, students and parents connected.
While the abrupt transition to e-learning presented many challenges, the tools adopted have kept everyone on the same page and their continued use can have a positive impact on engagement and engagement. communication.
- Educators (78%) and parents (79%) agree that communicating with students is the aspect of the learning experience where technology is most important.
- Both groups see the next major benefits of technology being to improve academic outcomes, including performance in core courses (75%) and student academic outcomes (63%).
- In addition, communication with parents occupies an important place with educators (78%) and parents (75%).
To collect research on “The State of Teaching and Learning in Kindergarten to 12-Year-Old Education,” Instructure partnered with Hanover Research to survey parents and teachers from March to May 2021 via MarketSight. After commissioning and data cleaning, this study included 664 qualified responses with 464 parents and 200 teachers / administrators. The data was crosstabulated by region and role, along with various additional sub-segments, such as socio-economic status. Statistical significance tests were performed on all segments with a 95% confidence level using a Z test with p = less than 0.05.
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