What’s happening? 

During the second quarter of the 2019-2020 school year, 24% of Baltimore City high schools students earned below a 1.0 GPA. In the first three quarters of the 2020-2021 school year, that failing average doubled to nearly half at 41%.  

That’s unfortunate. How did this happen? 

District officials say as schools transitioned to online instruction at the onset of COVID-19, a number of challenges and significant disruptions for students, faculty, and parents emerged. 

Anything else I should know? 

Despite setbacks, about 20% of Baltimore City high schoolers achieved a 3.0 GPA or a B average. Additionally, the district decided not to hold back students for failing classes and to instead focus on helping them get back on track over the summer. 

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