Education Progress

How proficient are U.S. students in math and science in each state?

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How proficient are U.S. students in math and science in each state?

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Public school students reaching proficiency in 8th grade math,
by state: 2009
Public school students reaching proficiency in 8th grade science,
by state: 2009
Notes:
NAEP = National Assessment of Educational Progress (The Nation's Report Card)
Notes:
NAEP = National Assessment of Educational Progress (The Nation's Report Card)

Main Finding

Of the 39 states that participated in both the 2000 and 2009 NAEP assessments, 30 showed statistically significant increases in mathematics proficiency among public school 8th graders over the decade. Only eight showed a significant increase from 2007 to 2009.

Among the states, there were significant differences in the percentage of 8th grade public school students who demonstrated proficiency in science on the NAEP assessment, from 15% in Mississippi to 43% in Montana.

Key Observations

  • The majority of states had math proficiency levels between 30% and 45%.
  • Only Massachusetts had more than half of its students scoring at or above the proficient level in math.
  • Most states had less than 40% of 8th grade students performing at the proficient level in science.
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