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By the Numbers: Virtual Learning

SurveyMonkey Audience survey was conducted March 24 – April 1, 2020 among 849
teenagers ages 13-17 in the United States. Respondents for this survey were selected from more
than two million people who take surveys on the SurveyMonkey platform each day. The modeled
error estimate for the full sample is plus or minus 4.0 percentage points. Data have been weighted
for age and sex using the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to reflect the
demographic composition of the United States age 13-17.

The spread of the coronavirus has upended school for teens, with 95 percent of 13-to 17-year-olds in the U.S. reporting the cancellation of in-person classes at their schools.

Slightly more than half of teens who no longer attend school in person say they are worried about not being able to keep up with their schoolwork (56 percent) and their extracurricular activities (55 percent) while in-person school activities are canceled.

Black and Hispanic/Latino teens are significantly more likely than White teens to be worried about keeping up with schoolwork.

Girls are more likely than boys to say they’re worried about keeping up with both schoolwork and extracurriculars.

Many teens aren’t connecting with their teachers. Almost one in four teens (24 percent) say they’re connecting with their teachers less than once a week.

Forty-one percent haven’t attended an online or virtual class since in-person school was cancelled.

Finding space to do schoolwork is a challenge for many teens. More than a quarter of teens (28 percent) say they lack a dedicated space where they can do schoolwork at home.

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