APS 1Q2020 Grade Report

APS 1Q2020 Grade Report
The report compares student grades in 1Q2019 (in-class education) to 1Q2020 (distance learning) for Middle School (MS) and High School (HS) students. Results are similar to APS previous report for K-2 students: significant disparities between economically disadvantaged and non-economically disadvantaged students.
 However, the APS report suggests that both economically disadvantaged and non-economically disadvantaged students who were already doing well in school, continue to do well. The decline in grades appears to be concentrated in economically disadvantaged students who were already not doing well in school. APS is developing programs to assist those whose grades declined.

The consequences of the pandemic are very apparent
The number of enrolled students did not change nearly as much as the number of disadvantaged students. This suggests that many Arlington families became disadvantaged in 2020 and their student’s grades suffered.
● Fewer students enrolled in 2020 than 2019
 • In MS 1,665 (-4%) fewer students enrolled
 • In HS 375 (-1%) fewer students enrolled
● The proportion of disadvantaged students greatly increased
 • Disadvantaged students in MS increased from 23% to 32%
 • Disadvantaged students in HS increased from 20% to 31%
As increased for both disadvantaged & non-disadvantaged students in HS
This suggests that students doing well continued to do well in 2020. No evidence that distance learning was a problem for them.
For Non-Economically Disadvantaged Students
● Change in Ds & Es in both MS & HS was small
● In MS number of As increased: from 68.3% to 71.7%
● In HS number of As greatly increased: from 55.7% to 63.9%
For Economically Disadvantaged Students
● In both MS & HS Es (incompletes) greatly increased
 • In MS very large increase in Ds & Es: from 4.1% to 11.0%
 • In HS very large increase in Ds & Es: from 10.3% to 17.5%
● In MS & HS the change was less conclusive for A students
 • In MS number of As decreased: from 43.6% to 40.2%
 • In HS number of As increased: from 34.6% to 39.3%

LV post on APS K-2 Report
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A Lost Generation (Wash Post)

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