This year, Tyton is publishing School Disrupted 2022 in collaboration with the Walton Family Foundation and Stand Together Trust. In this report, we have extended our work from School Disrupted 2021 to explore how families continue to navigate traditional and alternative school models. Drawing on two surveys of more than 6,000 K-12 parents, School Disrupted 2022 covers key insights and implications in three parts.
In School Disrupted Part 1, we discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic caused a crisis in K-12 education. Public schools, especially, experienced plunging enrollments, while participation in homeschooling, learning pods and other school models spiked. After the pandemic subsided, many expected K-12 enrollment would return to its pre-pandemic distribution. However, our analysis indicates that the seismic shift in K-12 enrollment persists as more parents choose to homeschool their children or enroll them in a charter or private school. Parents say the primary reasons for this shift are to combat learning loss and safety concerns. Moreover, the flexibility, adaptability, and personalization these alternatives offer are attractive to parents. School Disrupted 2022 examines parents’ shifting preferences and the risks and opportunities they present particularly to K-12 public schools.