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Eighth grade math achievement levels in United States

Eighth grade math achievement levels

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Why This Indicator Matters

Competence in mathematics is essential for success in the workplace, which increasingly requires higher-level technical skills. Students who take advanced math and science courses that require a strong mastery of math fundamentals are more likely to attend and complete college and have higher earnings over time.

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Definition and Source



Eighth grade public school students’ mathematics achievement levels, as measured and defined by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

For a more detailed description of achievement levels see: Public schools include charter schools and exclude Bureau of Indian Education schools and Department of Defense Education Activity schools.

Data Source

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Available online at


Updated October 2022.
S – NAEP reporting standards not met.
N.A. – Data not available.
A 90 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at Eighth grade math achievement levels.

Last Updated

October 2022