National Survey Looks at the Education Issues Keeping Parents Up at Night


Hearts and Minds of Public School Parents in an Uncertain World

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A national survey released today offers new insights into how parents feel about their children’s academic, emotional, and physical wellbeing, and identifies a disconnect between parent perceptions of student performance in public schools and results from national testing data.

The survey, Parents 2016: Hearts and Minds of Public School Parents in an Uncertain World, found that the majority of parents have high expectations and are deeply engaged in their children’s development. Most parents expressed a universal belief in the importance of college, as well as a desire for more involvement in the pre-college years. The survey also unearthed areas in which parents need more support, especially access to better information on what to expect at each grade level, as well as guidance on how they can help their children master important skills.

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The survey includes results from more than 1,300 parents with children in kindergarten through the eighth grade. It was conducted by Hart Research, and commissioned by the education nonprofit Learning Heroes, in collaboration with Univision, and in partnership with the National PTA, National Urban League, United Negro College Fund, and the National Council of La Raza, with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York. In response, Learning Heroes has created a parent toolkit with helpful resources prepared in both English and Spanish.

Learn more about the survey and the resources, download a summary of the report, or download the full report.