ETHS academics and directors present an replace on Superior Placement Participation at their February 7 board assembly. (screenshot)

At a Monday night time assembly of the Evanston Township Excessive College District 202 Board of Schooling, directors provided updates on college students’ studying and participation in superior placement programs. The COVID-19 pandemic has posed challenges to college students’ studying, standardized take a look at efficiency and educational progress.

Pete Bavis, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, reminded board members that this 12 months’s ETHS seniors have solely skilled a totally regular, uninterrupted pre-pandemic faculty 12 months once they have been ninth graders. Bavis mentioned college students in any respect different grade ranges have performed their whole highschool careers in a confused and chaotic pandemic world.

General, 792 college students took the AP examination within the 2020-21 educational 12 months, which is nearly 19% lower than 972 who did so in 2018-19, the final faculty 12 months not affected by COVID-19. The share of AP college students who scored 3 or extra on the AP examination — the precise threshold for acquiring school credit score — fell from 81% in 2018-19 to 66% within the earlier faculty 12 months.

These numbers signify the bottom variety of college students taking the AP examination for the reason that 2011-12 faculty 12 months and the bottom proportion of scholars who scored 3 or higher since 2015-16.

Moreover, by way of the uncooked complete variety of AP exams taken by ETHS college students, there was a 30% drop in scores of three or extra from 2018-19 to 2020-21. Scores of 4 or larger noticed a fair sharper decline, a forty five% lower over that point interval, from a complete of 986 factors of 4 to a complete of 538 from 4 or higher.

‘What we have seen is an ideal storm’

Scores of AP take a look at takers and ETHS Black and Latino college students damage probably the most. The variety of black college students taking the AP examination fell 39% from 2018-19 to 2020-21, and the variety of black college students who scored 3 or extra on the AP examination fell 51% over the identical time interval.

In the meantime, 24% fewer Latino college students took the AP examination final 12 months than in 2018-19, and the variety of passing marks amongst Latino college students decreased by 43%. ETHS noticed a drop in take a look at take and move charges for White college students (down 15% and 21%, respectively), however the lower was considerably decrease than for Black and Latino college students.

On the February 7 assembly, Bavis mentioned, “I do not wish to name it a disaster to be in, however I do wish to come very near calling it a disaster to come back.” “What we have now seen is an ideal storm of the COVID pandemic, fighting continuity within the faculty 12 months, altering the evaluation panorama. For instance, the SAT is about to maneuver to a web based model. We have seen AP exams on-line, we have seen in-person exams, we have seen a mixture.”



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