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19 States Where Students Score the Worst on Math Tests

19. Michigan
> Avg. share of 4th and 8th graders proficient in math: 28.5%
> 4th graders proficient in math: 32% – 17th lowest (-4 ppt. from 2019)
> 8th graders proficient in math: 25% – 24th highest (-8 ppt. from 2019)
> Avg. annual per pupil spending in state: $11,211 – 18th lowest

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18. New York
> Avg. share of 4th and 8th graders proficient in math: 28%
> 4th graders proficient in math: 28% – 10th lowest (-10 ppt. from 2019)
> 8th graders proficient in math: 28% – 16th highest (-6 ppt. from 2019)
> Avg. annual per pupil spending in state: $23,429 – the highest

17. Maryland
> Avg. share of 4th and 8th graders proficient in math: 28%
> 4th graders proficient in math: 31% – 13th lowest (-10 ppt. from 2019)
> 8th graders proficient in math: 25% – 24th highest (-11 ppt. from 2019)
> Avg. annual per pupil spending in state: $15,148 – 14th highest

16. Maine
> Avg. share of 4th and 8th graders proficient in math: 28%
> 4th graders proficient in math: 32% – 17th lowest (-8 ppt. from 2019)
> 8th graders proficient in math: 24% – 23rd lowest (-10 ppt. from 2019)
> Avg. annual per pupil spending in state: $14,720 – 15th highest

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15. South Carolina
> Avg. share of 4th and 8th graders proficient in math: 28%
> 4th graders proficient in math: 34% – 23rd lowest (-3 ppt. from 2019)
> 8th graders proficient in math: 22% – 13th lowest (-7 ppt. from 2019)
> Avg. annual per pupil spending in state: $11,359 – 22nd lowest

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