Texas Schools May See Record High Failure Rates
Cities throughout Texas are already reporting after the first nine weeks of education for the 2020-2021 school year that a record number of Texas students are failing, potentially failing the year especially if remote learning continues.
It's no surprise that COVID-19 has proven to have wreaked havoc in our education system throughout the nation and in Texas as education administration, teachers and students have had to navigate their way through completely new learning processes.
The Texas Tribune offers in their article this morning, "Report cards from the first weeks of the school year show more students than last year failing at least one class. Students are turning in assignments late, if at all; skipping days to weeks of virtual school; and falling behind on reading, educators and parents report. Many parents say they’re exhausted from playing the role of at-home teacher, and some students without support at home are struggling to keep track of their daily workload with limited outside help."
Education Weeks reported on September 3rd that "tens of thousands of students have dropped out of remote learning," citing that many student families lack the necessary tools to offer their students efficient remote learning opportunities, forcing some students to give up on education altogether.
Texas, as reported by The Statesman is still requiring their students to take the STAARS test in 2020-2021 regardless of the pandemic, although Gov. Abbott waived the STAARS test for the 2019-2020 test in May. You can read that waiver here.
Many parents are wondering where the expensive Texas STAARS tests are from last year if the test were not administered along with why we would administer it in May of 2021.