National report card shows drop in math scores for Arizona 8th-graders

In the latest national report recording student performance, math scores for Arizona 8th-graders saw a nine-point drop from last school year.
Published: Jun. 21, 2023 at 10:01 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Math test scores took a hit nationwide for 13-year-olds, and Arizona 8th graders are no exception. The Nation’s Report Card records student performance for grades 4, 8, and 12 in public and private schools. In the latest report this week, math scores for 8th graders were down nine points from the previous school year.

The data is compiled from an annual exam where the maximum students can score is 500 in math. Arizona’s average score was 271 for the 2022-2023 school year, matching the national average. The Arizona average for the previous school year was 280, which was also a nine-point difference.

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State Superintendent Tom Horne was not satisfied with the state’s result. He said he plans to address the recent report by focusing more on the math curriculum for younger grade levels so kids can get up to speed by 8th grade. He also wants to work on reducing distractions in the classroom. “It’s not the fault of the kids, it’s the fault of prior leadership focusing on things other than academics. We are sending out school improvement teams, highly qualified teachers and administrators, to go out to the schools and help them do better,” said Horne.

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