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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




INDICATORS TREND | ESSEX COUNTY
Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity 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 Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Youth Arrests Decreasing
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employment Maintaining
Tourism Spending Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Contributions Maintaining
Protected Land Not Applicable
Days with Good Air Quality Increasing
Beach Contamination Decreasing
Daily Water Use per Resident Decreasing
Crimes Against People Increasing
Crimes Against Property Increasing
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 Increasing
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
People 65 or Older Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Increasing
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 Decreasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
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 Maintaining
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
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Decreasing
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 Increasing
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Maintaining
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 Decreasing
Prevalence of Overweight Adults Not Applicable
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