Percent of North Carolina students in grades 3-8 who earned a college-and-career-ready score on the End-of-Grade Math exam.
Forty-one percent of North Carolina 3rd through 8th graders earned college-and-career-ready scores on the End-of-Grade Math exam in 2019. The North Carolina End-of-Grade Math exams are designed to measure student performance on the goals, objectives, and competencies established as grade-level standards.
By 2030, the goal is to have 86% of students earn college-and-career-ready scores in math. This goal is aligned with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Every Student Succeeds Consolidated State Plan.
Early math skills are a strong predictor of long-term success in both math and literacy.
The critical thinking, problem solving, and logic skills developed from proficiency in early-grade math prepare students for high school math, where achievement predicts both postsecondary enrollment and completion, as well as well-paying careers and earnings growth over time.
North Carolina needs 325,547 more students to earn a college-and-career-ready score to meet the statewide goal of 86% college-and-career-ready in math.
In 2019, 41% of North Carolina students in grades 3-8 earned college-and-career-ready scores on the math End-of-Grade exam.
Students from urban counties were most likely to earn college-and-career-ready scores in math (44%), followed by students from suburban counties (42%). Students from rural counties were the least likely to earn college-and-career-ready scores in math (36%); there were no differences between rural counties outside of metro areas and rural counties within metro areas.
There are few differences between male and female students in math: 41% of female students earned college-and-career-ready scores compared to 40% of male students.
Asian students were the most likely to be college-and-career-ready in math: 74%. White students were the only other group where more than half (53%) of students earned college-and-career-ready scores on the math exam. Less than half of multiracial (39%), Hispanic (32%), American Indian (26%), and black (22%) students earned college-and-career-ready scores in math.
Economically disadvantaged students—meaning students receiving free or reduced price lunch—were less than half as likely as not economically disadvantaged students to earn college-and-career-ready scores in math: 26% of economically disadvantaged students earned college-and-career-ready scores compared to 55% of non-economically disadvantaged students.
Data for student performance in the 2018-19 school year is reported by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI). Students are classified as “college-and-career-ready” if they score at a Level 4 or higher on the End-of-Grade Mathematics exam.
This is a direct download from NC DPI (2018-19 School Assessment and Other Indicator Data (XLSX)).
All North Carolina public school students in grades 3-8.
Some groups of students are excluded from the proficiency calculations:
For complete details on inclusions and exclusions, see the NC DPI Business Rules.
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Students are classified as college-and-career-ready if they score at Level 4 or Level 5 on the end-of-grade exam. Both scores are considered on track for college and career:
No. College-and-career-ready is a more rigorous standard than grade level proficient. Students who score at a Level 3 on end-of-grade exams are considered grade level proficient. Level 3 demonstrates a sufficient understanding of grade level content standards, but these students may need some support to succeed with content in their next grade or course.
No. NAEP exams are not comparable to end-of-grade exams. The National Assessment of Educational Progress is “a national assessment of students at different ages and in different subjects. Data is reported every two years, and North Carolina looks at the NAEP math grade reading assessment scores to determine how NC students are doing in math proficiency over time and compared to the national average. Since the NAEP is a sample of fourth graders, rather than assessing every fourth-grader in the state, NAEP data is not available at the school district or county level.”