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Percent Proficient on the State Assessment in Math, Grade 8 - Low Income: 2008-09 1

The percentage of low income students in eighth grade who scored proficient or above on the state assessment in math. Due to the variation between states in content, standards, and assessments, it is not possible to compare state assessment data across states and years. [More about...]

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State assessments, which are used to measure student achievement in reading, math, and science, are designed by each state to measure the content the state has determined appropriate for that grade and subject. As a result, both the content on the tests and achievement standards students must meet to be considered “proficient” vary widely across states, so proficiency rates should not be compared across states. Many states have also changed their standards and assessments at some point in the process of measuring their students, so it is often not possible to create a trend line that looks at changes in achievement across years, since a change could actually reflect a change in the assessment.

Through the 2009-10 school year, states were allowed to calculate student graduation rates differently, as long as the figure represents students who graduated in the standard number of years (i.e., four). Starting in the 2010-11, states converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate, which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states.

For detailed information about state assessments and graduation rates, please see the state Accountability Workbooks, which can be found at: State Accountability Workbooks:

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Alabama  63.1%
AL 63.1%
Alaska  51.2%
AK 51.2%
Arizona  50.6%
AZ 50.6%
Arkansas  49.3%
AR 49.3%
California  29.4%
CA 29.4%
Colorado  66.6%
CO 66.6%
Connecticut  59.2%
CT 59.2%
Delaware  51.4%
DE 51.4%
District of Columbia  39.3%
DC 39.3%
Florida  53.9%
FL 53.9%
Georgia  72.3%
GA 72.3%
Hawaii  28.5%
HI 28.5%
Idaho  68.9%
ID 68.9%
Illinois  70.6%
IL 70.6%
Indiana  61.7%
IN 61.7%
Iowa  59.7%
IA 59.7%
Kansas  65.2%
KS 65.2%
Kentucky  43.1%
KY 43.1%
Louisiana  47.4%
LA 47.4%
Maine  36.2%
ME 36.2%
Maryland  46.8%
MD 46.8%
Massachusetts  25.3%
MA 25.3%
Michigan  62.4%
MI 62.4%
Minnesota  36.2%
MN 36.2%
Mississippi  42.6%
MS 42.6%
Missouri  30.8%
MO 30.8%
Montana  44.4%
MT 44.4%
Nebraska  86.4%
NE 86.4%
Nevada  42%
NV 42%
New Hampshire  42.4%
NH 42.4%
New Jersey  50.7%
NJ 50.7%
New Mexico  32.6%
NM 32.6%
New York  70.6%
NY 70.6%
North Carolina  70.3%
NC 70.3%
North Dakota  58.8%
ND 58.8%
Ohio  52.6%
OH 52.6%
Oklahoma  49.8%
OK 49.8%
Oregon  58.4%
OR 58.4%
Pennsylvania  54.2%
PA 54.2%
Puerto Rico  3.5%
PR 3.5%
Rhode Island  32.8%
RI 32.8%
South Carolina  64.7%
SC 64.7%
South Dakota  58.1%
SD 58.1%
Tennessee  85.1%
TN 85.1%
Texas  76.8%
TX 76.8%
Utah  47.4%
UT 47.4%
Vermont  43.3%
VT 43.3%
Virginia  76.5%
VA 76.5%
Washington  33.5%
WA 33.5%
West Virginia  42.4%
WV 42.4%
Wisconsin  61.7%
WI 61.7%
Wyoming  26.7%
WY 26.7%

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1 Description: The state-reported percentage of eighth grade students, by subgroup, who scored proficient or above on the state assessment in math. Each state is required to administer annual tests in grades 3-8 and once in high school in reading/language arts and mathematics, which are used to determine whether each school and district is making adequate yearly progress (AYP). The tests are designed by each state to measure the content the state has determined appropriate for that grade and subject. Both the content and achievement standards vary widely across states, so proficiency rates cannot be compared across states and years. Cells with a dash (-) indicate that the data are not available. The symbol "n <" indicates that the data have been suppressed due to a small count. The symbols "> 97%" and "< 3%" indicate that the value is higher than 97 percent or less than 3 percent, respectively. A “†” symbol means not applicable. ; Academic Year: 2008-09; Grade: 8; Source: EDFacts/Consolidated State Performance Report 2008-09:; Data Uploaded On: 09/19/2011