NAEP 2022 Learning Mode, Masking, and Social Distancing Dashboard

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As part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) sampling and data collection process, NCES asked schools in December 2021 and February 2022 about the proportion of students attending school in-person full-time, in-person part-time, or remote full-time. In addition, schools responded to questions about their masking policies for staff and students and their social distancing policies in December 2021 and January 2022.

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Key Findings

  • 99% of fourth- and eighth-grade public school students were reported to attend school in-person.
  • 60% of fourth- and eighth-grade public schools require students to wear masks.

# Rounds to zero.

NOTE: Learning mode results were collected at two periods across sampled schools. The first period took place September through December 2021, and the second period ran from December 2021 through January 2022. The response rate for Puerto Rico was insufficient to report results for the masking and social distancing questions. The response rate in Vermont (66%) and Washington (66%) on the masking and social distancing questions was below the 70% threshold. No response bias analysis is conducted for experimental data collections, and results should be interpreted with caution.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) pre-assessment activity data collection (2021−22).