Student Performance on Grade 10 Math
What does this measure?
The percentage of students considered proficient on of the state's 10th grade math test, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS).
Why is this important?
Students must pass the 10th grade MCAS math and English tests in order to graduate high school. Math skills are critical to a variety of careers and important for life skills ranging from budgeting and smart shopping to understanding the news.
How is our county doing?
In 2016, 74% of 10th graders passed the state's math exam, up from 64% in 2006 and a bit below the state 2016 passing rate of 78%. Passing rates lagged in Lawrence (49%), Salem and Lynn (both at 56%) and Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical (61%). The highest passing rates were in Manchester-Essex (97%) and Hamilton-Wenham (94%).
Passing rates in 2016 were lower among some groups, including economically disadvantaged students (56%), Hispanic students (54%) and African American students (57%). However, African American and Hispanic student also made the largest gains, increasing passing rates 29 and 24 percentage points, respectively, over the last decade.
How do we compare to similar counties?
Essex County's passing rate was below the 83% passing rate of Middlesex, MA, which rose from 74% in 2006.
Notes about the data
As assessments vary among states, it is not possible to include comparable data for the nation or other areas in this indicator. Results for economically disadvantaged students were not available prior to 2015 due to a change in how the state defines that category of students.