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Percent of Students Passing Grade 10 Math, 2019


Percent of Students Passing Grade 10 Math, 2019

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 2019, 55% of 10th graders passed the state's math exam, a bit below the state 2019 passing rate of 59%. Passing rates lagged in Lawrence (31%), Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational (34%) and Lynn (38%). The highest passing rates were in Hamilton-Wenham (88%), Georgetown (87%) and Andover (81%).

Passing rates in 2019 were lower among some groups, including economically disadvantaged students and Hispanic students (both at 33%), and African American students (43%).

How do we compare to similar counties?

Essex County's passing rate was below the 68% passing rate of Middlesex, MA.

Why do these disparities exist?

Studies point to a variety of factors believed to contribute to disparities in test scores and other measures of student achievement. School systems in the United States are highly segregated, and students of color disproportionately attend schools with high proportions of low-income students who may not have benefited from early learning opportunities at the same rate as other students. Schools also have different levels of resources ranging from qualified/experienced teachers to advanced courses to facilities and technology, and schools with large Black and Latino populations often have lower levels. In addition, teachers across all school systems tend to be disproportionately white, and teaching practices and curriculum may not be culturally relevant to students of color.

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.

In 2019, next-generation MCAS tests were administered. These next-generation achievement levels differ from the legacy MCAS achievement levels and are reported using a different scale. The next-generation achievement levels are designed to provide an indication of whether a student is on track to succeed in the subject matter and whether extra academic assistance may be needed for the student. Results from the next-generation grade 10 ELA and math tests, which were first administered in 2019, are not comparable to results from prior years.

Percent of Students Passing Grade 10 Math, 2019
All StudentsAsianBlack or African AmericanEconomically DisadvantagedHispanic or LatinoNot Economically DisadvantagedWhite
Essex County, MA55%76%43%33%33%66%66%
Middlesex County, MA68%84%42%39%39%75%73%
Massachusetts59%82%35%35%33%69%67%
School Districts in Essex
Amesbury65%32%50%72%68%
Andover81%94%56%43%84%82%
Beverly61%36%35%34%68%64%
Danvers56%35%45%60%58%
Essex Agricultural Technical56%47%54%58%57%
Georgetown87%91%87%
Gloucester47%27%36%58%48%
Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical34%30%32%40%42%
Hamilton-Wenham88%80%88%88%
Haverhill41%33%19%26%57%51%
Ipswich64%36%70%66%
KIPP Academy Lynn Charter79%76%79%79%79%90%
Lawrence31%84%29%29%35%39%
Lynn38%58%38%31%31%48%54%
Lynnfield76%55%79%77%
Manchester Essex Regional81%55%84%81%
Marblehead78%48%53%82%80%
Masconomet78%82%63%79%78%
Methuen47%50%26%29%59%60%
Newburyport81%45%85%81%
North Andover71%93%36%40%36%76%74%
Peabody48%31%13%56%56%
Pentucket64%35%67%64%
Rockport62%23%71%65%
Salem43%54%32%35%55%50%
Salem Academy Charter60%42%50%68%72%
Saugus40%21%39%49%42%
Swampscott70%47%32%75%75%
Triton61%31%67%63%
Whittier Regional Vocational Technical50%39%39%55%51%

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education




Number of Students Passing Grade 10 Math, 2019
All StudentsAsianBlack or African AmericanEconomically DisadvantagedHispanic or LatinoNot Economically DisadvantagedWhite
Essex County, MA4,655218709258373,7273,298
Middlesex County, MA11,0891,6114051,3828089,7057,643
Massachusetts41,2693,9522,1617,4214,24633,84829,501
School Districts in Essex
Amesbury100969188
Andover376912510351265
Beverly19242514167158
Danvers1311210119115
Essex Agricultural Technical1973022167164
Georgetown817879
Gloucester811756474
Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical134711036324
Hamilton-Wenham12612114111
Haverhill20573944166149
Ipswich8998083
KIPP Academy Lynn Charter96194662509
Lawrence207161431796411
Lynn398523619820320097
Lynnfield12911118116
Manchester Essex Regional9869296
Marblehead203138190181
Masconomet2271415212202
Methuen235125055185156
Newburyport1719162160
North Andover2642642112243218
Peabody165347131153
Pentucket1297122118
Rockport4434144
Salem109742396756
Salem Academy Charter388133018
Saugus6912125754
Swampscott130147116111
Triton9388589
Whittier Regional Vocational Technical138362610299

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education




Percent of Students Passing Grade 10 Math, 2019
All StudentsAsianBlack or African AmericanEconomically DisadvantagedHispanic or LatinoNot Economically DisadvantagedWhite
Essex County, MA55%76%43%33%33%66%66%
Middlesex County, MA68%84%42%39%39%75%73%
Massachusetts59%82%35%35%33%69%67%
School Districts in Essex
Amesbury65%32%50%72%68%
Andover81%94%56%43%84%82%
Beverly61%36%35%34%68%64%
Danvers56%35%45%60%58%
Essex Agricultural Technical56%47%54%58%57%
Georgetown87%91%87%
Gloucester47%27%36%58%48%
Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical34%30%32%40%42%
Hamilton-Wenham88%80%88%88%
Haverhill41%33%19%26%57%51%
Ipswich64%36%70%66%
KIPP Academy Lynn Charter79%76%79%79%79%90%
Lawrence31%84%29%29%35%39%
Lynn38%58%38%31%31%48%54%
Lynnfield76%55%79%77%
Manchester Essex Regional81%55%84%81%
Marblehead78%48%53%82%80%
Masconomet78%82%63%79%78%
Methuen47%50%26%29%59%60%
Newburyport81%45%85%81%
North Andover71%93%36%40%36%76%74%
Peabody48%31%13%56%56%
Pentucket64%35%67%64%
Rockport62%23%71%65%
Salem43%54%32%35%55%50%
Salem Academy Charter60%42%50%68%72%
Saugus40%21%39%49%42%
Swampscott70%47%32%75%75%
Triton61%31%67%63%
Whittier Regional Vocational Technical50%39%39%55%51%

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education




Number of Students Passing Grade 10 Math, 2019
All StudentsAsianBlack or African AmericanEconomically DisadvantagedHispanic or LatinoNot Economically DisadvantagedWhite
Essex County, MA4,655218709258373,7273,298
Middlesex County, MA11,0891,6114051,3828089,7057,643
Massachusetts41,2693,9522,1617,4214,24633,84829,501
School Districts in Essex
Amesbury100969188
Andover376912510351265
Beverly19242514167158
Danvers1311210119115
Essex Agricultural Technical1973022167164
Georgetown817879
Gloucester811756474
Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical134711036324
Hamilton-Wenham12612114111
Haverhill20573944166149
Ipswich8998083
KIPP Academy Lynn Charter96194662509
Lawrence207161431796411
Lynn398523619820320097
Lynnfield12911118116
Manchester Essex Regional9869296
Marblehead203138190181
Masconomet2271415212202
Methuen235125055185156
Newburyport1719162160
North Andover2642642112243218
Peabody165347131153
Pentucket1297122118
Rockport4434144
Salem109742396756
Salem Academy Charter388133018
Saugus6912125754
Swampscott130147116111
Triton9388589
Whittier Regional Vocational Technical138362610299

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education




INDICATORS TREND | ESSEX COUNTY
Prevalence of Overweight Adults Not Applicable
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Preterm Births Increasing
Infant Mortality Rate Maintaining
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Decreasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Youth Arrests Decreasing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Increasing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employment Maintaining
Tourism Spending Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Charitable Contributions Maintaining
Protected Land Not Applicable
Days with Good Air Quality Increasing
Beach Contamination Increasing
Daily Water Use per Resident Decreasing
Crimes Against People Decreasing
Crimes Against Property Decreasing
Drug-Related Arrests Maintaining
Reports of Domestic Violence Increasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Recidivism Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Traffic Injuries and Fatalities Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
People 65 or Older Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Maintaining
Households by Type Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Gender Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Increasing
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Median Earnings by Occupation by Gender Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County for Work Not Applicable
Employer Size Not Applicable
Self-Employment Revenue Increasing
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Not Applicable
Female Enrollment in School Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Bullying Decreasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 Reading Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 English Language Arts Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 Math Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Households Receiving Temporary Assistance Maintaining
Households Receiving Federal Food Assistance Decreasing
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Median Home Value Increasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeownership Rates by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeless Persons Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Medical Care Expenses Increasing
Prevalence of Children with Asthma Maintaining
Prevalence of Overweight Children Maintaining
Diabetes Incidence Decreasing
Chronic Disease Among Older Adults Increasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Cancer Mortality Rate Decreasing
Heart Disease Mortality Rate Decreasing
Mortality Rate Decreasing
People who Smoke Not Applicable
Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Youth Use of Illegal Drugs Not Applicable
Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions Not Applicable
Drug Overdose Mortality Rate Increasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Suicide Rate Maintaining
Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Reading Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 English Language Arts Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 10 Math Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable