Failure rates rose significantly for high school students in the Easton Area School District

Written by on July 13, 2021

Failure rates rose significantly for high school students in the Easton Area School District

By Chloe Nouvelle
July 13, 2021

Photo | Jessica Kourkounis / Keystones Crossroads via WESA

EASTON, Pa. – The fallout from the pandemic for Lehigh Valley high school students is becoming clearer: the number of students who failed the school year has gone up suggesting they have struggled with remote and hybrid learning. 

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Failing grades rose significantly this year at Easton Area High School. 

The failure rates for 9th and 10th grades were around 20%, about three times higher than the last pre-pandemic school year. 

For 11th grade, the number was 18%, more than four times higher than during the 2018-19 school year. 

Twelfth graders fared better. Their failure rate was 7%, still more than double the rate before COVID-19.

Easton wasn’t alone when it came to a rise in students with non-passing grades. This year, the Bethlehem Area School District saw a significant increase in students failing core subjects, like math and English. 

WLVR is waiting for a request for the numbers from the Allentown School District.

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