Research & Data

Public Opinion Tracker Deep Dive: Perspectives of Black K-12 Parents (April 2021)

With case rates dropping rapidly, the pandemic appears to be winding down in the United States. Over the coming months, parents, teachers, and school leaders will make important decisions about how to pick up the educational pieces and move forward. Because Black students and families have experienced learning disruptions and other consequences of COVID-19 differently […]

Project Nickel: A New Tool to Help Everyone Understand What Public Schools Spend

(Reposted with permission of Lincoln Network.) What does the local public school in your community spend per-student? A new tech tool developed by Lincoln Studio in partnership with EdChoice can give you an answer.  Project Nickel is a first-of-its-kind search engine of U.S. public school per-student spending data required to be reported to the U.S. […]

EdChoice Public Opinion Tracker: Top Takeaways April 2021

There appears to be light at the end of the 2020-21 tunnel. As one of the most disruptive school years ever draws to a close, many parents and educators are considering what comes next. COVID-19 has forced families to adapt to new rituals and expectations. It remains to be seen exactly how much parents want […]

The New 123s of School Choice – What You Need to Know

As you might have seen in an email or on social media, we are revamping The 123s of School Choice guide this year, making it fully digital. If you’re not familiar with The 123s report is, let us catch you up. Researchers from across the country have conducted almost 170 empirical studies (as of this […]

Florida Families Overwhelming Satisfied with School Choice Despite Complexity of Programs

Just as news broke that the Florida legislature was sending massive changes to the state’s school choice program to Gov. Ron DeSantis’s desk, researchers from Boston University and the University of Arkansas released a new study of Florida families’ experiences with two of the state’s private school choice programs. This legislative session, Florida lawmakers combined […]

Public Opinion Tracker Deep Dive: Perspectives of Black K-12 Parents (March 2021)

In February, EdChoice increased our sampling of Black K–12 school parents to better understand their unique perspectives, experiences, concerns and preferences. Those views—particularly when it comes to education and schooling—can be very unique compared to other groups in the country, and reflecting information from which we all can learn. This work is part of our […]

Parents and Teachers Both Want More Learning Pods

We knew parents liked learning pods. It turns out teachers might be even more excited. When schools shut their doors in response to COVID-19, some parents worried their kids were not learning well through online instruction. Others feared a lack of social or emotional development. Among parents who transitioned to working from home, some felt […]

2021 EdChoice Share: Where Are America’s Students Getting Their Education?

END OF Q1 UPDATE: We will update this post quarterly to reflect updates to private school participation as well as enrollment changes in states’ public, charter, home school, and non-choice program private schools. This series coins the term Educational Choice Share (or EdChoice Share) to represent the proportion of all K–12 students who are enrolled […]

Public Opinion Tracker: Teacher Survey Top Takeaways Q1 2021

In March 2020, schools across the country suddenly shut their doors in response to the rapidly developing COVID-19 pandemic. One year later, COVID-19 safety measures have been crafted and revised, vaccine distribution has accelerated, and the number of schools reopened or looking to reopen soon keeps growing. In the political debates around school reopening, the […]

Public Opinion Tracker Deep Dive: Teen Perspectives

The process toward reopening schools appears to be reaching a turning point. The Department of Education’s National Safe School Reopening Summit, broadcast March 24, discussed strategies and updated CDC recommendations for schools to reopen safely. With the Institute for Education Sciences’ (IES) first monthly school survey released in March, we have much greater clarity about […]