Statewide Poll of Parents Highlights Challenges Massachusetts Faces in Addressing Students’ COVID Recovery Needs
New poll sheds light on parents’ thoughts on the necessary supports and resources to help students recover academically
Seven out of 10 (73%) Massachusetts parents believe their child’s school has enough resources to help students in need, but fewer (56%) parents who see their children as behind grade level say the same. As Massachusetts decision-makers decide how best to tackle students’ unfinished learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new poll released today by The Education Trust in Massachusetts sheds light on parents’ thoughts on the necessary supports and resources to help students recover academically.
“We know all too well how often families, especially families of color and from low-income backgrounds, get left out of the decision-making process,” said Genesis Carela, state policy associate for The Education Trust in Massachusetts. “We urge new state and local leaders to support districts by putting in place pandemic recovery plans that uplift family and community voices and prioritize proven strategies that work, including targeted and intensive tutoring, professional learning and support for teachers and staff, and mental health services for students.”