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Math scores on rise for Arizona Hispanic students

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  • Sally Stewart/ Arizona Department of Education


Arizona has been identified as one of four top performing states for gains in mathematics scores among Hispanic students, according to a new report published by the Child Trends Hispanic Institute.

In addition to Arizona, Indiana, Hawaii, New Jersey, and the Department of Defense Education Administration also were called “notable” in the report for their combination of recent improvement and current math scores among Hispanic students, the report said.

Math scores on rise for Arizona Hispanic students MathScoresArizonaHispanicStudentsBy utilizing data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Child Trends, a nonprofit research center, analyzed and compared fourth and eighth grade math scores in the nation, states, large cities, and select school districts.

In this secondary analysis of 2013 NAEP data, Arizona was cited for its short-term (four year) and long-term (10 year) gains among Hispanic fourth and eighth graders. Arizona was the only state to show significant short‐term gains in both grades.

In fourth grade, Hispanic students in Arizona had a top gain of 12 points for the time period from 2009-2013. In eighth grade, Hispanic students in Arizona showed a gain of four points for the same time period.

Arizona’s overall score for all fourth grade math students showed the most growth of all the states at an increase of 10 points from 2009 to 2013. Eighth grade math scores in Arizona have remained steady since 2011.

“Arizona students have shown dramatic growth in fourth-grade mathematics over the last four years, and remained consistent in eighth-grade math,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal. “Overall, the trend lines of Arizona results on assessments, particularly NAEP, are positive which validates the great work of Arizona’s schools and teachers.”

In the last decade, math scores of Hispanic students in Arizona increased by 15 points in the fourth grade and by 11 points in the eighth grade. Nationally, over the last decade, math scores of Hispanic students increased by nine points for fourth graders and 13 points for eighth graders.

The report, “Math Scores Add Up for Hispanic Students” can be found at