NCES Schools Pulse Survey
Over 70% of schools say the effect of the pandemic on student behavior, social-emotional development and staffing has worsened in 2021-22
The National Center for Education Statistics‘ May 2022 school pulse board A survey of U.S. public K-12 schools shows the COVID-19 pandemic continued to significantly impede students’ social-emotional and behavioral development during the toughest school year. recent year, and more than half reported that chronic absenteeism was worse than the previous year, according to results released this week.
Of the 846 principals who participated in the survey, 87% said the pandemic had a negative impact on socio-emotional development in the 2021-2022 school year, and 83% said that student behavior had a negative impact.
The School Pulse Panel is conducted monthly by NCES, the statistics division of the US Department of Education Institute of Educational Sciences; the May survey focused on staffing, learning patterns, student and staff mental health, absenteeism and classroom management, as reported between May 10 and May 24 2022, the agency said.
Key Findings: Persistent Effects of the Pandemic on Students
- 56% of respondents reported an increase in incidents of classroom disruption due to student misconduct attributed to the lingering effects of the pandemic.
- 49% reported uproars outside the classroom.
- 48% reported “acts of disrespect towards teachers and staff”.
- 72% of all respondents reported an increase in chronic absenteeism (missing at least 10% of the school year) among students, with more than half saying chronic absenteeism increased in 2021- 22 compared to the previous school year.
- The average proportion of the student population considered chronically absent in 2021-2022 was 17%, according to the survey results.
- 75% of respondents representing elementary schools said increased student absenteeism was an issue related to the pandemic.
- 73% of respondents representing schools with lower student poverty rates reported an increase in student absenteeism.
- 71% of respondents representing rural schools reported an increase in student absenteeism.
Key Findings: Teachers and Staffing
- 77% of respondents said finding substitute teachers has become more difficult during the pandemic — 16 percentage points higher than results from the same survey question a year earlier.
- 72% of US public schools reported an increase in teacher absences in the 2021-2022 school year, compared to a typical pre-pandemic year.
- 49% of public schools indicated that the rate of teacher absences had increased compared to the previous school year.
- 99% of respondents said they are not always able to find substitute teachers when needed.
- In such cases, 74% said they rely on administrators to cover the courses.
- 71% relied on non-teaching staff.
- 68% relied on other teachers for their preparation period.
- 51% said they combined separate classes into one room when they couldn’t find a replacement.
- 59% of public schools said they “always” or “very frequently” used these strategies in the 2021-2022 school year.
Key Findings: Mental Health and Intervention Strategies
- 79% said they needed more mental health support for students and/or staff.
- 70% said they needed more training to support students’ social-emotional development.
- 60% said they needed to hire more staff.
- 51% said they need training on classroom management strategies.
Key Findings: Learning Styles and Midlife Prevalence
- 99% of respondents said they continued to offer full-time in-person learning in 2021-22.
- 33% offered full-time distance learning.
- 9% offered blended learning.
- 47% of respondents said they had at least one student in quarantine in May, up from 30% the previous month. The average number of students in quarantine in May was 8, also up from the previous month (6).
- 35% said they had at least one staff member in quarantine in May, more than double the 15% reported in April.
Read the full survey report and view results by region, demographics, school size, school level and poverty classification at https://ies.ed.gov/schoolsurvey/.