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The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | March 6, 2012

New Math Proficiency Data Published; Find Facts for Your School District

Proficiency in high school mathematics is linked to an individual attending college and achieving higher lifetime earnings, but students' math competence also has been correlated with larger-scale national economic growth. Recent research places the United States in the middle among 65 nations on math proficiency, well below Japan, Korea, Germany and other countries.

California's math scores consistently rank among the worst in the nation, but newly published data show that the percentage of 10th-graders passing the state’s high school exit exam in math increased statewide, from 74% in 2004 to 83% in 2011.

Related Blog Post: An Upward Trend for California’s Math Scores, but Disparities Persist >>

Regional/Local Breakdowns

Following are local breakdowns for the state's most populous regions. See data for other regions (you can customize your regions by using the "choose counties and school districts" box).

Los Angeles:
Once somewhat below the statewide average, the percentage of L.A. County 10th-graders who pass the math portion of California's exit exam now is nearly equal to the state, according to 2011 data. Percentages of students passing the high school exit exam vary by school district in L.A. County, ranging from below 70% to almost 100%.

County and School District Data

Other Southern California Counties:
Math exit exams scores in Southern California counties ranged from 79% (San Bernardino County) to 88% (Orange County) in 2011.

School District Data, by County:
Imperial | Orange | Riverside | San Bernardino | San Diego | Santa Barbara | Ventura

Central Valley:                                                                                                                      
In 2011, the percentage of 10th graders passing the math portion of the high school exit exam in Central Valley counties were equal to or just below the statewide average of 83%.

School District Data, by County:
Fresno | Kern | Kings | Madera | Mariposa | Merced | San Benito | San Joaquin | Stanislaus | Tulare

Bay Area:
The passing percentages in Bay Area counties either equaled or surpassed statewide results in 2011.

School District Data, by County:
Alameda | Contra Costa | Marin | Napa | San Francisco | San Mateo | Santa Clara | Santa Cruz | Solano | Sonoma

Sacramento:
From 2004 to 2011, Sacramento County results on the math portion of the high school exit exam largely mirrored statewide improvements.

County and School District Data

Find Local Data for 7 Measures of Math Proficiency

In Context: Math Proficiency

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