In 2021, El Paso students experienced significant learning loss compared to 2019, and greater COVID learning losses compared to their peers across Texas
- The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and most schools use "APPROACHES" grade level standards as a measurement of student and school success.
- Per TEA, a student at the APPROACHES grade level doesn't show an understanding of some of the most important parts of the learning material and will need extra help in the next grade.
- Per TEA, a student at the MEETS grade level shows a good understanding of the subject material and is ready for the next grade.
Current projections indicate that only 17% of El Paso students will pass both English and math at the “MEETS” level in 2021, compared to the projected state average of 29%.
In 2019, El Paso students passed math/algebra at a rate 4 points higher than the state average of 50%, with 54% of the students in grades 3-8 passing at the “MEETS” level. In 2021, El Paso students dropped to just 21% passing a the “MEETS” level, 14 points below the state average and a 33 point drop from 2019.
In 2019, the El Paso region’s schools were only 2 points below the state average with 45% of students in grades 3-8 passing at the “MEETS” level in reading. In 2021, El Paso student’s performance dropped to 31%, 12 points below the state average and 14 points lower than in 2019.