Tracking learning modes of California students

Design by Yuxuan Xie; Data analysis by Daniel Willis

Published on May 5, 2021

Most California students are still in distance learning as of April 30.

The trends are based on information provided by 84% of schools to the California Department of Public Health. That includes: 93.9% of public schools, 87.6% of charter schools and 53.1% of private schools.

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of California students*

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of California students*

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of California students*

*Based on reports filed by 93.9% of traditional public schools; 87.6% of charter schools; 53.1% of private schools.
**Hybrid instruction refers to a combination of in-person and distance.

Public schools: learning modes by grade level

*Schools with students from all grades

Charter and private schools: primary type of instruction

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Cumulative Covid-19 cases* among California children

Data last updated: 4/28/2021

New Covid-19 cases among California children

Data last updated: 4/28/2021

How the analysis was done

All data comes from the California Department of Public Health, based on figures provided by districts, charter schools and private schools. EdSource has attempted to note any school or district with obviously erroneous data. If any data appear to be incorrect please contact the school or district affected to report the issue, and let us know at

Full-time in-person instruction is defined as full-time instruction at school sites five days per week.

Hybrid instruction refers to students who get some instruction in person and some via distance learning.

Distance learning only defined as students who at no point go to school sites for instruction.

Percentages are calculated by dividing the number of students the schools report in each learning mode by their reported total enrollment.

“Low income” refers to the percentage of students who qualified for free and reduced-price meals in 2020. EdSource categorized the total number of schools in California by dividing them into quartiles. In the highest quartile of schools, just over 83% of students were eligible for free and reduced-price meals. In the second highest quartile, just over 66% were eligible. In the third highest quartile, 38% of students were eligible for the meal program, and in the lowest quartile under 38% were eligible.