42% of HISD students failing one or more classes amid COVID-19 pandemic

HOUSTON – They are numbers that are sending major worries across Houston -- even across the state.

Students in the Houston Independent School District -- the state’s largest school system -- are struggling academically and struggling far more than normal. The biggest factor -- online learning forced by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think it’s certainly lasted quite a bit longer than we all expected, which doesn’t make the teaching any easier,” said Houston resident Nicholas Gerling. “So. It’s survival mode.”

In a statement to KPRC 2, HISD confirmed that 42% of their students failed one or more classes in the first grading period of the fall, which was six weeks long. The numbers were first brought to light in a report by the Houston Chronicle, which also showed the failure rate in that grading period normally is 11%. That is a failure rate that has nearly quadrupled.

On Wednesday, the day after this story was originally published, HISD officials released numbers to KPRC 2 that showed 26% of students received on or more Fs during the first grading period of the 2019-2020 school year. That grading period was nine weeks long and all in-person instruction.

Here is how other local school districts reported the fail rate for the first grading period:

Parents are now searching for answers.

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