Feb 5, 2024 - COVID

Local test scores fail to rebound post COVID

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Elementary and middle-school students in San Antonio districts are still struggling to recoup the learning they lost during the pandemic, according to a New York Times analysis.

Details: The New York Times examined data from a new study by researchers at Stanford and Harvard.

  • They found districts in wealthier communities tended to have higher test scores than those in poorer areas.

Zoom in: Test scores from third through eighth graders in San Antonio and Edgewood Independent School districts show they are over two years behind on math.

  • South San Antonio ISD math scores are nearly three years behind.
  • Harlandale ISD is about a year and a half behind.

Northside ISD students performed better but were still about a year behind.

  • North East ISD performed the best and has returned to meet its average scores in 2019.

Zoom out: San Antonio area districts lag behind the Texas and U.S. average scores, which have largely recovered, per the NYT.

Of note: Data for Texas districts only runs through 2022.

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