John Kristof

John is a research analyst for EdChoice, where he provides data collection, management and analysis for EdChoice state research projects, as well as quality control for research, writing for the EdChoice blog and other research aid.

Public Opinion Tracker Deep Dive: Black K-12 Parent Perspectives (May 2021)

The first half of 2021 saw many children return to the classroom, and there have been numerous reports detailing their struggles with learning loss. Districts have faced difficult decisions about testing and how to spend massive injections of federal funds. State legislatures across the country have passed historic improvements in school choice options for families. […]

EdChoice Public Opinion Tracker: Top Takeaways May 2021

With the 2020-21 academic year over, education decisionmakers across the country are evaluating what schooling should look like in the long-term. Some schools are innovating, and others seek a return to normal. Likewise, parents have had to adapt to new schooling formats over the course of the pandemic, and some are using their experiences to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

There is no question Black students and families in America are collectively experiencing learning disruptions differently than other groups. Journalists have reported on particular mental and emotional challenges Black students face in K–12 education. Trust appears to be eroding between school officials, teachers, and Black families, and Black parents appear to be less trusting of […]