Seven Shocking School Choice Statistics

Plastic Numbers to Learn From for Kids
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Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the installation of online learning has brought a lens into the modern classroom for many Americans, especially parents. Unsurprisingly, the response has been quite negative as teachings of critical race theory and radical gender ideology have become commonplace. 

Consequently, there has been a shift in America’s thinking on education and school choice. Such can be seen as support for school choice increased by ten points among public school families over the course of the pandemic. Without further ado, here are seven of the most surprising statistics that show the need for school choice:

1. Over Eighty Percent of Democratic Voters Support School Choice

In a 2020 survey, eighty-one percent of Democratic primary voters and eighty-nine percent of black Democratic primary voters were in favor of a school voucher system

2. Charter Schools Vastly Outperform Public Schools

During one New York study, more than 90% of the kids in a public school failed a math exam. In the meantime, every student at the charter school, which shared the same building as the public school, passed the identical arithmetic exam. Similarly, comparable findings have been seen in other American urban regions.

3. Over Half of Americans Families Want Their Children in a Different School

Over the previous year, 52% of U.S. parents contemplated finding a new or alternative institution for at least one of their children, or are likewise presently seeking such accommodations. Based on the demographic segmentation, it was found that Black and Hispanic people sought out schools in greater numbers than white parents. Furthermore, 36% of parents cited a desire for greater caliber instruction for their kid as the main reason for exploring a different school.

4. Horrifying Proficiency Scores in Public Schools

According to pre-pandemic assessments, the typical fourth grader has a 41% proficiency level in arithmetic. During the eighth grade, the competency level significantly drops to 34%. Finally, America’s children have an average arithmetic proficiency level of just 24% by graduation. 

Similarly, fourth graders have an approximate proficiency rate of 35% in reading. By eighth grade, the proficiency rate has dropped to 34%, and by twelfth grade, America’s typical student has only slightly improved to 37%. In related fashion, competence levels in writing are 28% for fourth grade, while eighth and twelfth graders flatline with a score of 27%.

America’s pupils also perform poorly in science, with fourth-graders scoring only 36% proficient and eighth-graders scoring 35%. Meanwhile, science proficiency among twelfth-graders is just 22%. 

The lowest results come in history, with fourth-graders starting with barely 20% competency and declining to 15% by eighth grade. By the 12th grade, America’s pupils had just a 12% competency level in the history of America.

5. Private Schools Need Fewer Funds Per Student Than State-Funded Alternatives

According to Public School Review, the average price per pupil in a public school, including charter schools, in America in 2021 was $15,205. Yet, according to Private School Review, the national average for yearly private school tuition in 2021 was approximately $11,645. Moreover, private school tuition was cheaper in 42 states in comparison to state-funded schools.

6. School Choice Lowers Racial Disparities in Education

Because charter schools are generally located in metropolitan areas, they have a higher percentage of minority pupils than the national average. As a result, while charter schools have not been able to remove poverty or the racial makeup of minority students within a certain community attributable to the use of a lottery method to decide which students can attend, they have contributed to the reduction of interracial and wealth inequalities in academics.

7. Over Ten Percent of Households Now Homeschool

Before the pandemic, about 5.4% of U.S. households with school-aged children reported homeschooling. However, by fall 2020, 11.1% of households with school-age children reported homeschooling. Of these changes, the greatest changes by percentage points occurred in Black and Hispanic households. 

Daniel Elmore
Daniel Elmore is the Data & Analytics Coordinator at the Chalkboard Review.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Chalkboard Review team.

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