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How do U.S. students score in math as they progress through 8th grade?

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How do U.S. students score in math as they progress through 8th grade?

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Main Finding

Compared to the average math scores for all students from the kindergarten class of 1998-99, the scores for Hispanic students improved relative to other groups between kindergarten and 8th grade, from 15% below the average for all kindergarten students to 3% below average for all 8th grade students.

Key Observations

  • While Asian and white students had higher than average math scores at each grade, the gap between the racial/ethnic groups narrowed from kindergarten to 8th grade.
  • The average score for black students was 15% below the average score for all kindergarten students but only 12% below average for 8th grade students.