"We set out to gain a better understanding about how COVID-19 is shaping family perceptions of private schools, from remote learning and overall satisfaction, to learning management and communications," said
- Parent satisfaction with private schools is high – 85% of parents with a child attending private school last spring are Satisfied or Very Satisfied with how their child's school handled remote teaching and learning and 72% of parents saying they're very or extremely satisfied with value of their investment in private school.
- Typical enrollment trends have been disrupted – One in five families made plans to change their child's school and another 18% seriously considered doing so as of late August.
- Attitudes toward the digital experience of education have changed – 71% say technology for teaching and learning has become more important. Prospective families are now more likely to consider the digital experience in their evaluation.
- Parent expectations for the way schools use technology has changed – 54% now expect students to have access to all learning resources online and 56% want their child's school in invest in educational applications for both teachers and students that are all in one place/platform.
- Parents expect greater visibility their child's education and individual progress – 84% expect to receive messages from teachers at least once per week and 59% want access to updated academic progress, such as grades, daily.
- Parents expect modernized educational practices – 85% expressed interest in competency-based education (CBE), a methodology that prioritizes mastery of skills over the traditional approach of earning passing grades to progress. This interest eclipses the 73% percent who say a form of CBE is already taking place in their schools.
"Our school has undergone an irreversible technological shift," said
Read the report "Rethink Change: Accelerating Education Technology Adoption in K–12 Private Schools" here. In partnership with YouGov, Blackbaud surveyed 7,450 public and private school parents in
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