Study finds many students are staying in their rooms instead of studying at home

FAMILY HIGHLIGHTS The findings from a nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center showed that more than half of students reported staying in the same room more than one day this fall compared to just 22% in the previous three years.

The survey found that students who spent time in the classroom in fall and winter were also more likely to report staying in a different room for more than a week than students who stayed in a classroom during the previous academic year.

A similar percentage of students who reported staying longer than a month said they stayed in the room for a month or longer than the previous semester.

More than half (54%) of students said that staying in an empty classroom was the only option for them, with an additional 30% saying they stayed only when there was a need for them.

In contrast, 18% of students indicated that they used a combination of staying in one room and staying in another.

A majority of students (57%) said that the use of a personal tutor to help with homework was the main reason they stayed more than two weeks, with 17% saying that they stayed because it was the best option for their school.

Students were also most likely to stay in a single room (52%), while 28% stayed in two or more rooms.

In addition to the lack of a standardized testing program, the findings show that students with disabilities are also less likely to get standardized testing than students without disabilities.

The researchers found that nearly half (48%) of high school students with a disability who reported being forced to use a personal tutoring service or other testing aid during the academic year reported that they did not get standardized tests, compared to 31% of high-school students without a disability.

Nearly half (47%) of the students with an intellectual disability who said they were forced to take tests said they did so because of a lack of resources, while about a quarter (26%) of those without a mental disability said they took tests because of financial issues.

The study, which surveyed 1,000 students between the ages of 13 and 19, also found that the largest percentage of those who reported not being able to take standardized tests was students with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), as well as students with learning disabilities.

For more on the study, see the following links: The AP article on the new study, “Is It Time to Reevaluate Schooling in the Digital Age?”

The Pew Research report, “More Than Half of Students Who Spent Time in Classroom said They Stayed in a Room for More Than a Week, Including Many Students With Intellectual Disabilities.”