More than 1 in 6 K-12 students have changed schools since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

More than 1 in 6 K-12 students have changed schools since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic
More than 1 in 6 K-12 students have changed schools since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

The idea of ​​choosing where your kids go to school — aside from paying for private school — didn’t cross many minds a few years ago, but the pandemic has forced a change in the way kids go to school. families think of the learning that has not disappeared.

More than one in six American children have changed schools since the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, according to the National School Choice Awareness Foundation (NSCAF).

The organization kicked off School Choice Week in Minnesota on Monday. Its website is a Year-round one-stop shop for parents to scroll through K-12 education options available in their area, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnetic public schools, online learning, private schools, and home schooling.

“I think the pandemic has really shaken things up and made all the parents say, ‘Hey, maybe I should know what my plans B and C should look like,'” said Shelby Doyle, vice president of the NSCAF public awareness.

In the two school choice weeks since the pandemic began, the organization asked parents if they were considering a new school for their children.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way Americans think about many topics, including school choice.

“We saw a majority, it varied a bit, but it exceeded 50% each time parents over that 12-month period looked for new schools,” Doyle said.

“And then typically 15-20% have actually changed schools in the past year, so we’re seeing huge changes in where people are enrolling their kids.”

This change has been accompanied by a drop in reading and math scores over the past two years. Results from the 2022 Minnesota Global Assessment (MCA) tests found that only 51% of students were reading at the level they should be. In mathematics, just under 45% were proficient.

“We asked parents across the country. More than 80% worry about their children’s learning progress. I think that’s very true,” Doyle said.

Elise Johnson is a mom and hairstylist, and for several years was a homeschooler to her three children in Forest Lake. In the fall of 2020, sophomore August Johnson, fourth-grader Boaz Johnson, and sixth-grader Vienna Johnson transitioned to North Lakes Academy public charter school.

“I really saw the need, especially for my sons, to be kind of in the structure of a classroom environment, which you can’t provide in home schooling, right? ” says Johnson.

Johnson continued, “All kids have such different learning styles. And the fear as a parent that your child gets lost in a system and they just need a cookie cutter printed on it, and if they don’t fit into that, it might break them, you know.

Doyle laments that the main reason parents have looked outside their traditional public schools is because they are looking for a “better quality education.”

“And I think a lot of it comes down to fit,” Doyle added.

“The number two and three reasons for January’s survey for this year in 2023 were two, school safety, and three, interest in what this school was teaching in terms of curriculum or format of its style teaching.”

The school finder on allows parents to create a list of places to visit, Doyle said. She advised starting the school selection process in January.

“It’s a time when application deadlines will be coming up in a month or two in many places, so you don’t want to wait until summer to think about it.”

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