The percentage of students considered proficient on of the state's 10th grade math test, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS).
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.
In 2018, 75% of 10th graders passed the state's math exam, up from 65% in 2007 and a bit below the state 2018 passing rate of 78%. Passing rates lagged in Salem (50%), Lawrence (53%) and Lynn (55%). The highest passing rates were in Lynnfield (97%), and Manchester Essex Regional and Masconomet (both at 95%).
Passing rates in 2018 were lower among some groups, including economically disadvantaged students (57%), Hispanic students (55%) and African American students (66%). However, African American and Hispanic student also made the largest gains, increasing passing rates 25 and 20 percentage points, respectively, from 2007 rates.
Essex County's passing rate was below the 83% passing rate of Middlesex, MA, which rose from 77% in 2007.
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.