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More Bakersfield Students Failing Classes Amid Distance Learning, District Data Shows

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The Kern County Superintendent of Schools released information Tuesday regarding the decline in students’ academic achievement during the fall 2020 semester.

The aggregate data — which covers the Kern High School District, Bakersfield City School District and the Panama Buena-Vista Union School District — shows a 14% increase in the number of students with failing grades than the previous fall semester.

In the 2019 fall semester, 7% of students received F’s, but in the 2020 fall semester, that number jumped to 18%, the data reveals.

Additionally, certain student groups, including those who are socio-economically disadvantaged, English Language Learners, Students with Disabilities, and students who are both SET and EL, are seeing more of a disadvantage compared to other students.

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