Washington, DC, March 5, 2021 — A new NPR/Ipsos poll finds that the kids are all right, for the most part, but parents would certainly welcome additional support, from returning to in-person classes, to targeted tutoring, to structured emotional and mental health support. There is also a broad sense among parents that their school district has handled the pandemic well and is communicating clearly with them.
The current landscape: Half of parents report their child is currently attending school remotely, full time. Another one in six (17%) are in a hybrid environment, part remote and part-time in-person.
Most parents generally feel their child is on track in various academic and social areas. This is the case regardless of region, child age, or learning environment.
Eight in ten agree their school has handled the pandemic well.
There is broad support for returning in-person, in some capacity. Beyond that, parents are looking for additional resources and support for their kids’ mental and emotional health.
This NPR/Ipsos Poll was conducted February 3-10, 2021, using the probability-based KnowledgePanel®. This poll was based on a nationally-representative probability sample of U.S. parents with at least one child ages 5-18 (n=1,002).
The survey was conducted using KnowledgePanel, the largest and most well-established online probability-based panel that is representative of the adult US population. Our recruitment process employs a scientifically developed addressed-based sampling methodology using the latest Delivery Sequence File of the USPS – a database with full coverage of all delivery points in the US. Households invited to join the panel are randomly selected from all available households in the U.S. Persons in the sampled households are invited to join and participate in the panel. Those selected who do not already have internet access are provided a tablet and internet connection at no cost to the panel member. Those who join the panel and who are selected to participate in a survey are sent a unique password-protected log-in used to complete surveys online. As a result of our recruitment and sampling methodologies, samples from KnowledgePanel cover all households regardless of their phone or internet status and findings can be reported with a margin of sampling error and projected to the general population.
The survey was conducted in English and Spanish. The data were weighted to adjust for gender by age, race/ethnicity, education, Census region by metropolitan status, household income, and language proficiency. The design weights for KP respondents were raked to the following geodemographic distributions of the parent population with at least one child 5 to 18 years old. The needed benchmarks were obtained from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS), with the exception of metropolitan status; we used the March Supplement of the 2020 Current Population Survey (CPS) to obtain metropolitan status within Census region benchmarks to adjust weights for Census region by metropolitan status.
The weighting categories were as follows:
The margin of sampling error among the total sample is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. The margin of sampling error takes into account the design effect, which was 1.22 percentage points for all respondents. The margin of sampling error is higher and varies for results based on sub-samples. In our reporting of the findings, percentage points are rounded off to the nearest whole number. As a result, percentages in a given table column may total slightly higher or lower than 100%. In questions that permit multiple responses, columns may total substantially more than 100%, depending on the number of different responses offered by each respondent.
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