By the time students in Washington state get to high school, it is too late to make a broad impact on their math education. Consider:
- According to the latest MSP/HSPE results by 10th grade only 45.3 percent of students are meeting the state math standard.
- For the low income student group, only 22.8 percent are meeting the 10th grade math standard.
- For Latinos, African-Americans and Native Americans, the picture is even more dire. For example, the percentage of African-American students meeting the 10th grade math standard is 12.5 percent.
Student strength in math begins early in school But too many of our kids are not getting a solid foundation. Here’s the situation in elementary school 3rd grade math statewide:
- According to the latest MSP/HSPE results, 68.7 percent of all 3rd grade students are meeting the math standard.
- For the low income student group, only 48.1 percent of 3rd grade students are meeting the math standard.
- Just as with older Latino, African-American and Native American students, third graders from these groups are falling behind. For example, the percentage of African American students meeting the 3rd grade math standard is 41.7 percent.
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And it’s not just a problem with taking tests. Kids are dropping out without the skills they need to thrive in the 21st Century economy. According to the 2009 Citizens’ Report Card on Washington State Education , out of 100 9th graders:
- 69 graduate from high school on time
- 33 enter a community college or university
- 24 return for their sophomore year
- 17 receive a diploma within 6 years.