- 86 percent of teachers reported communication efforts about students, teachers, and schools have been effective; 64 percent “strongly agreed” that they felt well-informed what was expected of them concerning virtual instruction this spring
- 83 percent of teachers said they had the tools to do their jobs when the switch to virtual learning happened. However, they expressed concern about the challenges students face with virtual learning, including lack of access to support, internet and devices.
- 87 percent of students engaged in online learning through virtual assignments, but only 49 percent engaged in online learning with teacher-led instruction. Additionally, 88 percent were given packets or paper based lessons or activities.
The vast majority of Mississippi teachers in a recent survey said they understood what was expected of them when schools abruptly closed and switched to distance learning this spring, though many also expressed concerns about students’ ability to participate in virtual learning this fall. This is according to a survey conducted in April by Teach Plus Mississippi in collaboration with the Mississippi Department of Education to find out how nearly 2,500 teachers felt about the impact of the pandemic on school closures, access to virtual learning, and reopening of schools. In total, 70 percent teach in schools that serve low-income students, and the teachers teach in elementary, middle and high schools. Survey findings include: