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Math Proficiency - 8th Grade
Definition

Percentage of 8th-grade students who perform at or above proficient in math, 2015.

Description

Educational attainment is a major factor in an individual’s future earning power, and the math skills that students develop in middle school are critical to future academic success. Students who fail to demonstrate grade-level proficiency in math are at risk of being tracked into non-college prep courses in high school, which can perpetuate the process of falling behind and exclude them from opportunities for higher learning.

To see the data disaggregated by race and ethnicity, click on the Data by Race tab below.

32.1% of United States 8th graders perform at or above proficient in math

Math Proficiency - 8th Grade, 2015

StatePercent At or Above 8th Grade
Proficiency in Math (%)
Rank
United States 32.1%
Alabama 17.2% 51
Alaska 31.8% 31
Arizona 34.8% 21
Arkansas 24.9% 44
California 27.1% 40
Colorado 36.9% 15
Connecticut 36.1% 16
Delaware 29.5% 35
District of Columbia 19.1% 49
Florida 26.1% 41
Georgia 28.4% 38
Hawaii 30.0% 34
Idaho 34.0% 23
Illinois 32.2% 29
Indiana 38.7% 10
Iowa 37.3% 14
Kansas 33.2% 26
Kentucky 27.7% 39
Louisiana 17.9% 50
Maine 35.4% 19
Maryland 34.7% 22
Massachusetts 50.8% 1
Michigan 28.5% 37
Minnesota 47.8% 2
Mississippi 21.8% 46
Missouri 31.4% 32
Montana 38.9% 9
Nebraska 37.7% 12
Nevada 26.1% 42
New Hampshire 46.3% 3
New Jersey 46.2% 4
New Mexico 20.6% 47
New York 30.9% 33
North Carolina 32.6% 27
North Dakota 39.2% 8
Ohio 35.4% 18
Oklahoma 22.9% 45
Oregon 33.7% 24
Pennsylvania 36.0% 17
Rhode Island 32.0% 30
South Carolina 25.7% 43
South Dakota 33.7% 25
Tennessee 29.2% 36
Texas 32.3% 28
Utah 37.9% 11
Vermont 42.1% 5
Virginia 37.6% 13
Washington 39.3% 7
West Virginia 20.5% 48
Wisconsin 40.8% 6
Wyoming 35.3% 20

Math Proficiency - 8th Grade, by Race and Ethnicity

Math Proficiency - 8th Grade (%)
StateWhiteBlackAsianNative AmericanHispanic
United States 41.8% 12.1% 58.5% 19.2% 19.0%
Alabama 23.5% 4.8% 11.1%
Alaska 45.5% 16.9% 25.2% 12.2% 25.7%
Arizona 50.7% 19.1% 62.3% 15.4% 23.4%
Arkansas 30.9% 9.8% 17.7%
California 43.3% 14.5% 56.3% 13.4%
Colorado 49.1% 14.8% 59.2% 18.8%
Connecticut 46.4% 12.1% 57.9% 13.8%
Delaware 41.3% 12.8% 68.9% 16.5%
District of Columbia 74.2% 12.9% 19.4%
Florida 36.1% 10.8% 50.9% 21.7%
Georgia 41.5% 12.9% 68.5% 19.2%
Hawaii 34.5% 30.1% 19.7%
Idaho 38.8% 12.3%
Illinois 40.3% 12.1% 59.2% 22.4%
Indiana 45.1% 10.3% 22.9%
Iowa 41.4% 7.9% 40.2% 19.2%
Kansas 38.5% 13.2% 59.0% 22.4%
Kentucky 29.7% 12.5% 57.9% 21.4%
Louisiana 26.9% 6.9% 19.1%
Maine 36.2%
Maryland 48.6% 14.1% 67.8% 23.8%
Massachusetts 58.5% 22.3% 72.5% 23.7%
Michigan 33.7% 5.4% 69.9% 18.4%
Minnesota 56.0% 13.7% 48.1% 16.8% 22.1%
Mississippi 33.6% 10.2% 18.7%
Missouri 35.7% 10.7% 22.2%
Montana 43.4% 10.7% 24.1%
Nebraska 45.5% 13.5% 15.7%
Nevada 37.9% 8.1% 48.0% 16.3%
New Hampshire 47.1% 69.1% 21.9%
New Jersey 55.4% 19.5% 82.8% 23.8%
New Mexico 34.6% 11.6% 15.6%
New York 39.8% 15.2% 52.1% 18.6%
North Carolina 42.6% 16.5% 59.9% 16.6% 22.7%
North Dakota 43.7% 17.3% 15.4% 22.1%
Ohio 40.4% 11.3% 62.7% 23.7%
Oklahoma 28.8% 8.0% 18.0% 13.9%
Oregon 40.2% 51.2% 15.7%
Pennsylvania 44.1% 8.0% 68.3% 14.0%
Rhode Island 41.1% 13.5% 48.9% 13.5%
South Carolina 36.1% 8.4% 22.2%
South Dakota 38.9% 10.9% 18.1%
Tennessee 34.3% 9.2% 23.9%
Texas 48.4% 16.1% 66.9% 23.2%
Utah 43.2% 10.9% 14.7%
Vermont 43.0%
Virginia 46.3% 11.6% 70.2% 28.5%
Washington 46.8% 13.4% 61.9% 17.5% 20.2%
West Virginia 21.2% 8.4%
Wisconsin 47.4% 6.8% 44.1% 25.3% 20.5%
Wyoming 39.4% 5.8% 18.0%

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Estimates for White students are generated for the White, non-Hispanic population. Likewise, estimates for Hispanic students include all students of Hispanic or Latino origin, regardless of race.

Change in Math Proficiency - 8th Grade

Math Proficiency - 8th Grade (%)
State2003200520072009201120132015
United States 28.8% 29.8% 32.2% 33.9% 34.7% 35.5% 32.1%
Alabama 15.7% 15.2% 18.2% 20.4% 20.1% 19.7% 17.2%
Alaska 30.0% 28.7% 32.2% 33.5% 35.2% 33.0% 31.8%
Arizona 20.9% 25.7% 26.3% 29.0% 31.5% 30.6% 34.8%
Arkansas 18.6% 22.0% 24.4% 27.0% 29.3% 27.7% 24.9%
California 21.7% 21.8% 23.9% 23.4% 25.3% 27.6% 27.1%
Colorado 34.4% 32.0% 37.4% 39.7% 43.5% 41.9% 36.9%
Connecticut 35.2% 34.6% 34.7% 39.8% 38.1% 37.1% 36.1%
Delaware 25.7% 29.7% 31.3% 31.7% 31.9% 32.7% 29.5%
District of Columbia 5.9% 6.9% 8.0% 11.2% 17.0% 18.8% 19.1%
Florida 23.3% 25.6% 27.4% 29.0% 27.7% 30.8% 26.1%
Georgia 21.5% 23.2% 24.7% 26.8% 27.8% 29.4% 28.4%
Hawaii 16.8% 18.2% 21.2% 25.3% 30.0% 32.3% 30.0%
Idaho 28.3% 30.0% 34.1% 38.4% 36.9% 36.5% 34.0%
Illinois 29.2% 28.6% 30.8% 33.1% 32.8% 36.5% 32.2%
Indiana 30.7% 30.4% 35.1% 36.2% 34.1% 38.1% 38.7%
Iowa 33.4% 33.7% 35.2% 33.9% 33.6% 35.8% 37.3%
Kansas 34.0% 34.2% 40.2% 39.5% 40.8% 40.5% 33.2%
Kentucky 23.7% 22.5% 27.3% 27.2% 30.7% 30.0% 27.7%
Louisiana 17.2% 16.1% 19.0% 20.3% 22.3% 20.8% 17.9%
Maine 29.4% 29.9% 34.1% 35.3% 38.8% 39.5% 35.4%
Maryland 29.8% 29.6% 36.5% 40.1% 40.4% 37.4% 34.7%
Massachusetts 38.3% 43.3% 50.7% 51.7% 51.2% 54.6% 50.8%
Michigan 27.8% 29.3% 28.9% 30.5% 30.8% 30.5% 28.5%
Minnesota 43.7% 42.7% 43.1% 46.9% 47.6% 47.2% 47.8%
Mississippi 12.3% 13.5% 13.6% 15.2% 19.3% 21.3% 21.8%
Missouri 28.0% 26.0% 29.9% 35.5% 31.5% 32.6% 31.4%
Montana 34.9% 36.0% 37.6% 43.6% 45.6% 39.6% 38.9%
Nebraska 32.3% 34.9% 34.6% 34.6% 32.8% 35.6% 37.7%
Nevada 20.3% 21.3% 23.0% 24.8% 28.6% 28.3% 26.1%
New Hampshire 34.7% 34.6% 37.9% 43.3% 43.6% 46.8% 46.3%
New Jersey 33.3% 35.9% 40.4% 44.4% 46.8% 48.9% 46.2%
New Mexico 15.1% 14.0% 17.4% 20.2% 23.8% 22.7% 20.6%
New York 32.0% 30.8% 30.2% 33.7% 30.0% 32.3% 30.9%
North Carolina 32.2% 31.9% 34.5% 35.6% 37.0% 36.3% 32.6%
North Dakota 36.3% 34.6% 41.0% 43.1% 42.6% 40.6% 39.2%
Ohio 30.4% 33.1% 35.4% 35.7% 38.9% 40.2% 35.4%
Oklahoma 20.1% 20.6% 21.3% 23.8% 27.3% 25.0% 22.9%
Oregon 32.0% 33.7% 34.8% 36.6% 32.7% 34.3% 33.7%
Pennsylvania 29.9% 30.9% 38.3% 39.8% 38.9% 41.9% 36.0%
Rhode Island 23.8% 23.5% 27.7% 27.8% 33.9% 36.0% 32.0%
South Carolina 26.3% 29.9% 31.9% 30.2% 31.8% 30.8% 25.7%
South Dakota 34.7% 36.5% 39.1% 41.5% 41.7% 38.4% 33.7%
Tennessee 21.0% 20.6% 23.1% 25.2% 23.9% 27.5% 29.2%
Texas 24.9% 30.7% 34.7% 36.2% 40.0% 37.9% 32.3%
Utah 31.0% 29.5% 32.4% 35.1% 34.9% 36.2% 37.9%
Vermont 35.0% 37.8% 41.4% 43.5% 46.0% 46.9% 42.1%
Virginia 31.1% 33.4% 37.5% 35.6% 39.7% 38.1% 37.6%
Washington 32.3% 36.0% 35.9% 39.4% 40.4% 41.9% 39.3%
West Virginia 19.6% 17.9% 18.5% 19.4% 21.3% 23.5% 20.5%
Wisconsin 35.2% 35.8% 37.0% 39.3% 41.0% 39.8% 40.8%
Wyoming 32.3% 29.0% 36.0% 34.7% 37.4% 37.8% 35.3%

Definition

Percentage of 8th-grade students who perform at or above proficient in math, 2015.

Source

National Assessment of Educational Progress: 2015 Mathematics Assessment. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015.

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