Education
Grade 8 Math
Source: Arkansas Department of Education
Grade 8 Math Proficiency
2023
Alma School District58%
Alpena School District38%
Arkadelphia School District31%
Armorel School District38%
Ashdown School District27%
Atkins Public Schools70%
Augusta School District17%
Bald Knob School District51%
Barton-Lexa School District24%
Batesville School District23%
Bauxite School District43%
Bay School District15%
Bearden School District13%
Beebe School District54%
Benton School District55%
Bentonville Public Schools66%
Bergman School District63%
Berryville Public Schools32%
Bismarck Public Schools71%
Blevins School District31%
Blytheville School District12%
Booneville School District49%
Bradford School District18%
Brinkley School District4%
Brookland School District43%
Bryant Public Schools45%
Buffalo Island Central School District32%
Cabot Public Schools51%
Caddo Hills School District49%
Calico Rock School District32%
Camden Fairview School District8%
Carlisle School District19%
Cave City School District42%
Cedar Ridge School District45%
Cedarville School District42%
Centerpoint School District24%
Charleston School District43%
Clarendon School District2%
Clarksville School District28%
Cleveland County School District43%
Clinton School District38%
Concord Public Schools40%
Conway Public Schools50%
Corning Public Schools34%
Cossatot River School District45%
Cotter School District39%
County Line School District45%
Cross County School District41%
Crossett School District18%
Cutter-Morning Star School District16%
Danville School District35%
Dardanelle Public Schools51%
De Queen School District57%
Decatur School District15%
Deer/Mount Judea School District29%
Dermott School District11%
Des Arc Public Schools70%
DeWitt School District51%
Dierks School District37%
Dover School District47%
Drew Central School District28%
Dumas School District19%
Earle School District0%
East End School District39%
East Poinsett County School District34%
El Dorado School District28%
Elkins School District50%
Emerson-Taylor School District39%
England School District24%
Eureka Springs School District34%
Farmington School District48%
Fayetteville School District54%
Flippin School District38%
Fordyce School District8%
Foreman School District45%
Forrest City School District24%
Fort Smith Public Schools35%
Fouke School District29%
Fountain Lake School District43%
Genoa Central School District79%
Gentry Public Schools35%
Glen Rose School District43%
Gosnell School District38%
Gravette School District54%
Green Forest School District35%
Greenbrier School District54%
Greene County Technical School District41%
Greenland Public Schools33%
Greenwood School District68%
Gurdon School District18%
Guy-Perkins Schools14%
Hackett Public Schools35%
Hamburg School District37%
Hampton School District22%
Harmony Grove School District48%
Harrisburg School District38%
Harrison School District63%
Hazen School District20%
Heber Springs School District53%
Hector School District33%
Helena-West Helena School District5%
Hermitage School District29%
Highland School District47%
Hillcrest School District39%
Hope School District19%
Horatio School District35%
Hot Springs School District20%
Hoxie School District42%
Huntsville School District43%
Izard Cty Consolidated Schools22%
Jackson County School District63%
Jasper School District35%
Jessieville School District24%
Jonesboro Public Schools32%
Junction City School District6%
Kirby School District31%
Lafayette County School District13%
Lake Hamilton School District42%
Lakeside School District56%
Lamar School District39%
Lavaca Public Schools42%
Lawrence County School District35%
Lead Hill School District21%
Lee County School District4%
Lincoln School District33%
Little Rock School District23%
Lonoke School District38%
Magazine Schools39%
Magnet Cove School District57%
Magnolia School District20%
Malvern Special School District24%
Mammoth Spring Schools38%
Manila School District54%
Mansfield School District39%
Marion School District21%
Marked Tree School District24%
Marmaduke School District51%
Marvell School District0%
Mayflower School District32%
Maynard School District19%
McCrory School District44%
McGehee School District17%
Melbourne School District43%
Mena Public Schools58%
Midland School District9%
Mineral Springs School District17%
Monticello School District37%
Mount Ida School District36%
Mount Vernon-Enola School District62%
Mountain Home School District45%
Mountain Pine School District24%
Mountain View School District37%
Mountainburg Schools32%
Mulberry School District29%
Murfreesboro School District44%
Nashville School District33%
Nemo Vista School District38%
Nettleton School District20%
Nevada School District11%
Newport School District9%
Norfork Schools18%
North Little Rock School District16%
Omaha School District26%
Osceola School District16%
Ouachita River School District30%
Ouachita School District47%
Ozark Mountain School District44%
Ozark School District40%
Palestine-Wheatley School District25%
Pangburn School District38%
Paragould School District35%
Paris School District37%
Parkers Chapel School District65%
Pea Ridge School District48%
Perryville School District38%
Piggott School District17%
Pine Bluff School District10%
Pocahontas School District23%
Pottsville Public Schools48%
Poyen School District57%
Prairie Grove School District35%
Prescott School District18%
Pulaski County Special School District34%
Quitman School District46%
Rector School District30%
Riverside School District21%
Riverview School District14%
Rogers Public Schools46%
Rose Bud School District46%
Russellville Schools47%
Salem School District47%
Scranton School District25%
Searcy County School District52%
Searcy School District39%
Sheridan School District43%
Shirley School District25%
Siloam Springs Schools43%
Sloan-Hendrix School District27%
Smackover School District10%
South Conway County School District52%
South Mississippi County School District21%
South Side-Bee Branch School District44%
Southside School District43%
Spring Hill School District17%
Springdale School District34%
Star City School District43%
Strong School District5%
Stuttgart School District39%
Texarkana School District32%
Trumann Schools25%
Two Rivers School District33%
Valley Springs School District75%
Valley View School District60%
Van Buren School District43%
Vilonia School District64%
Viola School District28%
Waldron School District36%
Warren School District50%
Watson Chapel School District10%
West Fork School District39%
West Memphis School District12%
West Side School District29%
Western Yell County School District23%
Westside Consolidated School District35%
Westside School District14%
White County Central School District18%
White Hall School District32%
Wonderview School District25%
Woodlawn School District55%
Wynne Public Schools32%
Yellville-Summit School District18%

Source: Arkansas Department of Education




Number of Students Proficient in Grade 8 Math
2023
Alma School District221
Alpena School District45
Arkadelphia School District131
Armorel School District40
Ashdown School District103
Atkins Public Schools80
Augusta School District23
Bald Knob School District84
Barton-Lexa School District50
Batesville School District284
Bauxite School District131
Bay School District40
Bearden School District47
Beebe School District273
Benton School District465
Bentonville Public Schools1,443
Bergman School District79
Berryville Public Schools150
Bismarck Public Schools83
Blevins School District36
Blytheville School District97
Booneville School District90
Bradford School District34
Brinkley School District28
Brookland School District228
Bryant Public Schools807
Buffalo Island Central School District57
Cabot Public Schools823
Caddo Hills School District47
Calico Rock School District22
Camden Fairview School District164
Carlisle School District42
Cave City School District99
Cedar Ridge School District60
Cedarville School District62
Centerpoint School District85
Charleston School District77
Clarendon School District41
Clarksville School District218
Cleveland County School District54
Clinton School District106
Concord Public Schools30
Conway Public Schools762
Corning Public Schools67
Cossatot River School District65
Cotter School District56
County Line School District47
Cross County School District44
Crossett School District131
Cutter-Morning Star School District44
Danville School District49
Dardanelle Public Schools176
De Queen School District194
Decatur School District53
Deer/Mount Judea School District24
Dermott School District28
Des Arc Public Schools33
DeWitt School District82
Dierks School District38
Dover School District88
Drew Central School District103
Dumas School District63
Earle School District33
East End School District49
East Poinsett County School District50
El Dorado School District299
Elkins School District115
Emerson-Taylor School District101
England School District45
Eureka Springs School District59
Farmington School District216
Fayetteville School District660
Flippin School District55
Fordyce School District72
Foreman School District31
Forrest City School District131
Fort Smith Public Schools1,045
Fouke School District83
Fountain Lake School District105
Genoa Central School District84
Gentry Public Schools133
Glen Rose School District74
Gosnell School District95
Gravette School District154
Green Forest School District111
Greenbrier School District297
Greene County Technical School District272
Greenland Public Schools57
Greenwood School District299
Gurdon School District38
Guy-Perkins Schools22
Hackett Public Schools46
Hamburg School District131
Hampton School District45
Harmony Grove School District102
Harrisburg School District84
Harrison School District214
Hazen School District49
Heber Springs School District105
Hector School District55
Helena-West Helena School District66
Hermitage School District34
Highland School District125
Hillcrest School District28
Hope School District157
Horatio School District48
Hot Springs School District272
Hoxie School District52
Huntsville School District152
Izard Cty Consolidated Schools45
Jackson County School District68
Jasper School District55
Jessieville School District75
Jonesboro Public Schools507
Junction City School District50
Kirby School District35
Lafayette County School District46
Lake Hamilton School District359
Lakeside School District275
Lamar School District102
Lavaca Public Schools67
Lawrence County School District82
Lead Hill School District28
Lee County School District47
Lincoln School District78
Little Rock School District1,457
Lonoke School District119
Magazine Schools39
Magnet Cove School District60
Magnolia School District225
Malvern Special School District144
Mammoth Spring Schools34
Manila School District74
Mansfield School District54
Marion School District311
Marked Tree School District42
Marmaduke School District47
Marvell School District20
Mayflower School District79
Maynard School District37
McCrory School District41
McGehee School District86
Melbourne School District67
Mena Public Schools113
Midland School District35
Mineral Springs School District29
Monticello School District131
Mount Ida School District36
Mount Vernon-Enola School District37
Mountain Home School District280
Mountain Pine School District54
Mountain View School District138
Mountainburg Schools38
Mulberry School District34
Murfreesboro School District63
Nashville School District134
Nemo Vista School District29
Nettleton School District270
Nevada School District36
Newport School District98
Norfork Schools38
North Little Rock School District548
Omaha School District31
Osceola School District69
Ouachita River School District56
Ouachita School District36
Ozark Mountain School District39
Ozark School District133
Palestine-Wheatley School District56
Pangburn School District50
Paragould School District243
Paris School District73
Parkers Chapel School District60
Pea Ridge School District180
Perryville School District72
Piggott School District54
Pine Bluff School District230
Pocahontas School District188
Pottsville Public Schools151
Poyen School District47
Prairie Grove School District153
Prescott School District62
Pulaski County Special School District945
Quitman School District76
Rector School District37
Riverside School District62
Riverview School District104
Rogers Public Schools1,250
Rose Bud School District55
Russellville Schools447
Salem School District76
Scranton School District40
Searcy County School District60
Searcy School District319
Sheridan School District327
Shirley School District20
Siloam Springs Schools360
Sloan-Hendrix School District60
Smackover School District73
South Conway County School District198
South Mississippi County School District91
South Side-Bee Branch School District39
Southside School District166
Spring Hill School District54
Springdale School District1,774
Star City School District105
Strong School District21
Stuttgart School District137
Texarkana School District304
Trumann Schools109
Two Rivers School District63
Valley Springs School District59
Valley View School District218
Van Buren School District466
Vilonia School District240
Viola School District25
Waldron School District121
Warren School District121
Watson Chapel School District156
West Fork School District54
West Memphis School District342
West Side School District41
Western Yell County School District31
Westside Consolidated School District148
Westside School District52
White County Central School District72
White Hall School District259
Wonderview School District36
Woodlawn School District47
Wynne Public Schools186
Yellville-Summit School District72

Source: Arkansas Department of Education



STATE TREND

Maintaining


38%

2023
1% = 991
Students

What does this measure?

The percentage of students scoring as proficient ("Ready" or "Exceeding") on the Grade 8 ACT Aspire math exam.

Why is this important?

The middle school math examination serves as a checkpoint for high school preparation. Performance on this exam can help predict high school success in math.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2023, 38% of 8th graders were proficient on the exam, down substantially from 48% in 2019, prior to the Covid pandemic. Females and males were about on par, with 38% of females and 38% of males at proficiency.

Proficiency was lower among economically disadvantaged students, at 28%. White and Asian students had higher proficiency rates (46% and 65%, respectively) compared to Black/African American and Hispanic or Latino students (17% and 31%, respectively). All rates were several points lower than they had been in pre-pandemic 2019.

Proficiency was highest at Haas Hall Academy (84%). In Springdale and Little Rock, the state's two largest districts, 34% and 23% of 8th graders were proficient, respectively.

What contributes to racial and ethnic disparities?

Studies point to a variety of factors believed to contribute to disparities in test scores and other measures of student achievement. School systems in the United States are highly segregated, and students of color disproportionately attend schools with high proportions of low-income students who may not have benefited from early learning opportunities at the same rate as other students. Schools also have different levels of resources ranging from qualified/experienced teachers to advanced courses to facilities and technology, and schools with large Black and Latino populations often have lower levels. In addition, teachers across all school systems tend to be disproportionately white, and teaching practices and curriculum may not be culturally relevant to students of color.

Notes about the data

As assessments vary among states, it is not possible to include comparable data for the nation or other areas in this indicator. Economically disadvantaged students are those who are eligible to receive free or reduce price lunches.




Source: Arkansas Department of Education


Grade 8 Math Proficiency
201620172018201920222023
Arkansas38%44%46%48%39%38%

Source: Arkansas Department of Education




Number of Students Proficient in Grade 8 Math
201620172018201920222023
Arkansas35,94435,33335,71035,71738,00837,549

Source: Arkansas Department of Education






Source: Arkansas Department of Education


Grade 8 Math Proficiency by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas38%38%

Source: Arkansas Department of Education





Source: Arkansas Department of Education


Grade 8 Math Proficiency by Student Subgroup
Economically Disadvantaged StudentsEnglish Language LearnersGifted StudentsHomelessMigrant StudentsParent in MilitarySection 504Students with Disabilities
Arkansas28%7%82%20%14%49%28%4%

Source: Arkansas Department of Education









INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Education: Access to Quality Child Care for Infants and Toddlers Not Applicable
Education: Access to Quality Child Care for Preschoolers Not Applicable
Education: Grade 3 Reading Decreasing
Education: Grade 8 Math Maintaining
Education: Graduation Rate Increasing
Education: Remediation Rate Maintaining
Education: Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Education: Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Education: Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Education: Imagination Libraries Increasing
Health: Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Health: Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Health: Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Health: Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Health: Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Health: Smoking Rate Decreasing
Health: Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Health: Oral Health Increasing
Health: Life Expectancy Decreasing
Health: Routine Check-ups Increasing
Health: Overdose Deaths Increasing
Families: Teen Births Decreasing
Families: Children Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: People Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: Elderly Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: Median Household Income Maintaining
Families: Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Families: Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Families: Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Families: Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Families: Food Insecurity Decreasing
Families: Food Deserts Not Applicable
Families: Homelessness Decreasing
Families: Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Families: Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Families: Households Below ALICE Threshold Not Applicable
Families: Overall Housing Cost Burden Decreasing
Families: Child Care Costs for Toddlers Not Applicable
Families: Medical Debt Not Applicable
Families: Households Receiving SNAP Decreasing
Families: Incarceration Rate Increasing
Community: Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Community: Charitable Giving Increasing
Community: Volunteering Increasing
Community: Group Participation Increasing
Community: Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Community: Local Voting Not Applicable
Demographics: Change in Population Increasing
Demographics: Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Demographics: Change in Population by Age Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Remediation Rate Maintaining
Racial Equity: Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Racial Equity: Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Racial Equity: Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Racial Equity: Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Racial Equity: Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Racial Equity: Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Racial Equity: Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Racial Equity: Smoking Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Racial Equity: Oral Health Increasing
Racial Equity: Life Expectancy Decreasing
Racial Equity: Routine Check-ups Increasing
Racial Equity: Teen Births Decreasing
Racial Equity: Children Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: People Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: Elderly Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: Median Household Income Maintaining
Racial Equity: Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Racial Equity: Food Insecurity Decreasing
Racial Equity: Homelessness Decreasing
Racial Equity: Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Racial Equity: Medical Debt Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Households Receiving SNAP Decreasing
Racial Equity: Incarceration Rate Increasing
Racial Equity: Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable








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