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Percent of Students Passing Grade 8 Math


Percent of Students Passing Grade 8 Math

What does this measure?

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).

Why is this important?

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.

How is our county doing?

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.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Middlesex, MA had a higher proficiency rate in 2018 at 61%. Disparities were similar in both counties.

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. Data from earlier years is not comparable due to changes in the state test.

Percent of Students Passing Grade 8 Math
All StudentsAsianBlack or African AmericanEconomically DisadvantagedHispanic or LatinoNot Economically DisadvantagedWhite
Essex County, MA49%72%34%32%34%58%56%
Middlesex County, MA61%82%35%35%33%69%65%
Massachusetts50%77%27%28%28%60%56%
School Districts in Essex
Amesbury55%26%40%65%58%
Andover65%90%29%36%68%61%
Beverly47%15%32%36%53%50%
Community Day Charter Public School - Prospect82%82%84%82%
Danvers34%12%29%40%35%
Georgetown47%50%47%46%
Gloucester41%31%28%46%42%
Hamilton-Wenham60%60%59%
Haverhill39%24%26%23%49%47%
Hill View Montessori Charter Public3%4%5%
Ipswich71%45%75%72%
KIPP Academy Lynn Charter60%47%49%61%71%
Lawrence37%82%39%34%36%43%49%
Lawrence Family Development Charter77%71%76%84%
Lynn33%48%20%27%28%42%48%
Lynnfield74%73%74%73%
Manchester Essex Regional60%60%59%
Marblehead70%52%31%72%74%
Marblehead Community Charter Public56%61%56%
Masconomet79%100%59%50%80%79%
Methuen42%63%23%29%52%51%
Newburyport59%33%63%60%
North Andover66%90%58%45%35%71%68%
Peabody50%70%50%32%28%57%54%
Pentucket43%28%30%44%44%
River Valley Charter80%82%81%
Rockport57%18%63%57%
Salem38%27%23%54%50%
Salem Academy Charter64%52%54%69%71%
Saugus47%17%34%43%51%50%
Swampscott58%33%39%63%61%
Triton47%24%55%47%

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education




Number of Students Passing Grade 8 Math
All StudentsAsianBlack or African AmericanEconomically DisadvantagedHispanic or LatinoNot Economically DisadvantagedWhite
Essex County, MA4,289200879499033,3272,888
Middlesex County, MA9,7551,5983621,2336378,5166,557
Massachusetts35,5953,6771,7096,4203,71029,17125,172
School Districts in Essex
Amesbury971248590
Andover313851212301207
Beverly16523012135143
Community Day Charter Public School - Prospect189169
Danvers93768681
Georgetown5674951
Gloucester942457084
Hamilton-Wenham807574
Haverhill23077345157168
Hill View Montessori Charter Public111
Ipswich11310103104
KIPP Academy Lynn Charter7214324640
Lawrence3999726036013922
Lawrence Family Development Charter36203516
Lynn355491917417118199
Lynnfield1278119118
Manchester Essex Regional807676
Marblehead178144164168
Marblehead Community Charter Public201719
Masconomet25410105244231
Methuen246124966197156
Newburyport9879194
North Andover26128112914232204
Peabody219784020179179
Pentucket93538888
River Valley Charter242322
Rockport4524342
Salem9737266056
Salem Academy Charter4612143422
Saugus10421898690
Swampscott11811910799
Triton94128285

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education




Percent of Students Passing Grade 8 Math
All StudentsAsianBlack or African AmericanEconomically DisadvantagedHispanic or LatinoNot Economically DisadvantagedWhite
Essex County, MA48%71%40%31%33%56%54%
Middlesex County, MA57%77%31%31%30%64%60%
Massachusetts48%74%24%26%27%57%54%
School Districts in Essex
Amesbury57%35%36%64%60%
Andover63%90%36%34%19%66%60%
Beverly50%70%40%29%38%57%51%
Community Day Charter Public School - Prospect54%42%52%70%
Danvers44%23%18%47%47%
Georgetown60%61%61%
Gloucester45%29%26%53%47%
Hamilton-Wenham54%57%54%
Haverhill40%38%24%24%51%47%
Hill View Montessori Charter Public21%28%20%
Ipswich54%29%58%57%
KIPP Academy Lynn Charter74%60%73%79%75%
Lawrence36%77%30%32%34%46%49%
Lawrence Family Development Charter67%61%67%75%
Lynn34%45%28%28%28%42%47%
Lynnfield70%47%72%69%
Manchester Essex Regional57%21%61%56%
Marblehead62%42%38%65%64%
Marblehead Community Charter Public69%71%67%
Masconomet64%71%56%65%63%
Methuen41%56%23%25%49%50%
Newburyport68%28%73%69%
North Andover65%94%30%31%26%71%67%
Peabody40%18%27%17%46%45%
Pentucket35%22%36%35%
River Valley Charter78%83%77%
Rockport47%43%48%47%
Salem40%28%29%52%50%
Salem Academy Charter60%33%34%71%87%
Saugus35%17%26%42%36%
Swampscott69%42%38%75%73%
Triton38%25%40%40%

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education




Number of Students Passing Grade 8 Math
All StudentsAsianBlack or African AmericanEconomically DisadvantagedHispanic or LatinoNot Economically DisadvantagedWhite
Essex County, MA4,197207838688223,3262,885
Middlesex County, MA8,9921,3662791,0025367,9856,313
Massachusetts33,9033,4171,4255,6463,30228,25324,601
School Districts in Essex
Amesbury991558486
Andover326854144312227
Beverly165742414141135
Community Day Charter Public School - Prospect25112314
Danvers12584117115
Georgetown706869
Gloucester881966978
Hamilton-Wenham757465
Haverhill24866346185191
Hill View Montessori Charter Public775
Ipswich8868284
KIPP Academy Lynn Charter8515475938
Lawrence38120323233214925
Lawrence Family Development Charter37193618
Lynn317412416415515387
Lynnfield1359126120
Manchester Essex Regional7437170
Marblehead161106151142
Marblehead Community Charter Public272724
Masconomet2131015198190
Methuen235144150194162
Newburyport1325127124
North Andover2713032010251224
Peabody1762379139160
Pentucket8357877
River Valley Charter252520
Rockport3763136
Salem10334296966
Salem Academy Charter437103626
Saugus771286562
Swampscott139158124120
Triton7386572

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education




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