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Math Proficiency

 

During the elementary and middle school years, students are learning basic reading and math skills. These skills provide the basis for children and young adults to acquire, process, and interpret information about the world. If students do not develop this foundation of basic skills, it can impact their academic success at all levels of school.

Math is a critical way to measure and understand the world with greater precision. Many careers in the modern economy require a strong foundation in math.1 Students learning primary math skills in elementary and middle school.

The measure used for Math Proficiency is the 8th grade math test taken at the end of 8th grade. Proficiency on this test is defined as skills required to do math at an 8th grade level.

 

The data dashboard below shows current and recent trend data for students meeting eighth grade math proficiency in Forsyth County.

Dashboard: Students Meeting Eighth Grade Math Proficiency

Understanding Students Meeting Eighth Grade Math Benchmark Spatially

The map below visualizes the percentage of students meeting eighth grade math benchmark by school zone across Forsyth County.

Key Point: Only 40% of All Forsyth County Students Were Proficient in Eighth Grade Math in the 2016-17 school year.

Key Point: Disparities Present in Eighth Grade Math Proficiency by Student Economic Status

  • In 2016-17, economically disadvantaged students were less than half as likely to meet eighth grade math proficiency than students who were not economically disadvantaged.
  • Over there years, there is a persistent and significant disparity between the percentage of students meeting eighth grade math proficiency for economically disadvantaged students and students who were not economically disadvantaged.

Key Point: Disparities Present in Eighth Grade Math Proficiency by Race/Ethnicity

  • In 2016-17, African American and Hispanic Latino students were both less than half as likely to meet eighth grade math proficiency than white students.
Notes on Data

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Literature References
  1. National Math+Science Initiative. Why STEM Education Matters. Retrieved from http://www.nms.org/Portals/0/Docs/Why%20Stem%20Education%20Matters.pdf
Data Sources

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Accountability Services Division, Analysis and Reporting, 2016-17 State, District, and School Level Drilldown Performance Data Report. Retrieved from: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/accountability/reporting/