This week the number of K-12 students attending virtual-only schools dropped below one-third for the first time as "Always Virtual" regions continued...
Week of 2/8: Breakthroughs & Breakdowns
This week the number of K-12 students attending virtual-only schools dropped to its lowest point since we began tracking the index as "Always Virtual" regions of the country gradually open for in-person instruction. We review splits by grade level as well as a new map that rolls up learning plans to the state level.
% US K-12 students attending "virtual-only" schools = 35.2% (from 38.2% last week)
% US K-12 students attending "traditional" In-person/every day" schools = 39.7%
% US K-12 students attending "hybrid" schools = 25.1%
The above percentages are set to Sunday, February 7th. Our data is presented as "students attending schools that offer this learning plan" - most districts also offer virtual even when providing in-person. For above, 35.2% of US K-12 students are currently attending schools that offer virtual-only plans, 39.7% offering traditional, etc.
28.2% attending hybrid schools (from 24.7%)
33.4% attending traditional schools (from 30.2%)
29.6% attending hybrid schools (from 26.3%)
30.6 % attending traditional schools (from 27.1%)
Burbio data was featured in this recent piece in Bloomberg on the Biden administration's school opening plans, in addition to this NPR piece on districts struggling to reopen for the first time and an NBC News piece on vaccines, teachers and school reopenings. Burbio was also featured in this November 20th overview of school closures in USA Today plus a recent segment on CNBC. about Fall school closures. Burbio data has been cited in CNBC stories about racial inequality in education and the impact of virtual learning on retail sales. Axios led with the data in a piece on virtual learning glitches; Bloomberg in multiple stories as well as NPR Marketplace. Burbio has also been cited by The Information in a piece about Ed Tech, as well as CNBC in a piece about working parents and virtual education plus an NBC News piece about physical stress of remote learning on children and the USC Center for Health Journalism. The Baltimore Sun featured Burbio in a data on Maryland school openings and the New York Times in an op-ed about virtual learning and engagement. NPR highlighted Burbio data in a piece summarizing Fall school openings. and Axios featured Burbio in a piece about the instability of school openings. CNBC featured Burbio data in a piece about how disruption in K-12 education is affecting women in the workforce. CBS featured Burbio data in an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci and Politico has featured Burbio data in a variety of pieces on national K-12 trends. Burbio data has been a resource for numerous government organizations, academic researchers, trade associations, think tanks and non-profits.