The percentage of students considered proficient on one of the state's 8th grade math test, either the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) or the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
Math skills are critical to a variety of careers and important for life skills ranging from budgeting and smart shopping to understanding the news. The middle school math examination serves as a checkpoint for high school preparation; performance on this exam can help predict high school success in math.
In 2018, 49% of 8th graders were considered proficient in Essex County, a slight rise from 2017. Among districts, rates were highest in 2018 in Community Day Charter Public School-Prospect (82%), River Valley Charter (80%) and Masconomet (79%), and lowest in Lynn (33%), Danvers (34%) and Lawrence (37%).
In Essex County in 2018, proficiency was lower among economically disadvantaged students (32%) and Hispanic and African American students (each at 34%) compared to those who are not economically disadvantaged (58%) or white students (56%) or Asian students (72%). While slight gains occurred in most groups from 2017 to 2018, proficiency among African American students decreased 6 points.
Middlesex, MA had a higher proficiency rate in 2018 at 61%. Disparities were similar in both counties.
As assessments vary among states, it is not possible to include comparable data for the nation or other areas in this indicator. Data from earlier years is not comparable due to changes in the state test.