Created: July 09, 2020 02:54 PM
(ABC 6 News) - The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) conducted an informal survey asking families about their distance learning experiences during the spring of 2020.
The survey was conducted between June 1 and July 6 of more than 130,000 Minnesota families. MDE reports that over 64% of parents feel comfortable sending their students to school in the fall. Of those, 94% said to prefer to send them back full-time.
When asked how parents would rate the distance learning experience, MDE reported 42.3% said it was bad, 10.3% very bad. On the other side, 35.2% said it was good and 9.5% very good. The remainder said it was the same as in-person.
Parents were also asked what was challenging during the distance learning period and 47% said students(s) didn't feel empowered, 40% said there were mental challenges due to COVID, and 37% said it was hard to understand lessons. Other responses included too much school work, no internet access, and not enough communication from schools.
When asked what worked well, 68% of parents said access to the internet, 62% said access to technology, and 61% said good communication from teachers. Other responses include easy to understand lessons, student(s) had adult support, and that students received more support.
According to its website, MDE plans to announce its recommendation for educational delivery - in-person, hybrid or distance learning only - by the week of July 27.
More information on the survey can be found here.
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