Public school students reaching proficiency in 8

by state: 2009

^{th}grade math,by state: 2009

Public school students reaching proficiency in 8

by state: 2009

^{th}grade science,by state: 2009

## 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 8^{th} 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 8^{th} 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 8
^{th}grade students performing at the proficient level in science.