In 2021, El Paso students experienced significant learning gaps compared to 2019, and greater COVID learning gaps 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.
In 2021, only 18% of El Paso students passed both English and Math at the “MEETS” level, compared to the state average of 28%.*
In 2019, El Paso students passed Math/Algebra at a rate 1 point higher than the state average of 52%, with 53% of the students in grades 3-8 & Algebra I passing at the “MEETS” level. In 2021, El Paso students dropped to just 24% passing a the “MEETS” level, 13 points below the state average and a 29 point drop from 2019.*
In 2019, the El Paso region’s schools were equal to the state average with 47% of students in grades 3-8 passing at the “MEETS” level in Reading including English II. In 2021, El Paso student’s performance dropped to 32%, 9 points below the state average and 15 points lower than in 2019.*
* In 2021, only 60% of El Paso students took the STAAR test compared to 2019.