Poll: Kids Falling Behind In School

Poll: Kids Falling Behind In School

BROCKTON, Mass. — Over 1,500 families took part in a survey looking at educational challenges during the pandemic conducted by the MASS INC Polling Group. More than half, 52 % of parents say the start to the school year is having a negative impact on their children and a similar number feel their kids’ mental and emotional health and behavioral skills have suffered negatively.

“Everybody is in a tough situation right now,” said Steve Koczela, President of MassINC Polling Group.

“Parents with students in a hybrid situation actually had more reservation and more hesitation than children who were fully remote,” Koczela added.

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The survey does not reveal why families felt that way about the two models but Koczela offered a theory.

“When you’re in a hybrid situation, you spend more time with asynchronous learning, basically without a teacher there supervising your learning, or teaching you directly, whereas if you’re in a fully remote model, then your teacher is on the screen all the time.”

The survey showed 28% of parents polled felt their kids were falling behind, in May, it was 22%, and before the pandemic, 13%.

Researchers point out that the survey was based on perception not assessments of actual student performance.

Renee Heywood’s daughter Rhema is a freshman at a regional technical school in Easton, before that, she attended Brockton Public Schools.

“All the zooms all the different applications can be a bit taxing on her and it’s frustrating to try to navigate that,” Heywood said.

Heywood says she has a background as an educator as does her husband which has helped their daughter make it through early part of her school year.

To read the survey and slides, click here.

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