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19 States Where Students Score the Worst on Math Tests

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14. Arizona
> Avg. share of 4th and 8th graders proficient in math: 28%
> 4th graders proficient in math: 32% – 17th lowest (-6 ppt. from 2019)
> 8th graders proficient in math: 24% – 23rd lowest (-9 ppt. from 2019)
> Avg. annual per pupil spending in state: $8,648 – 3rd lowest

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13. Kentucky
> Avg. share of 4th and 8th graders proficient in math: 27%
> 4th graders proficient in math: 33% – 18th lowest (-6 ppt. from 2019)
> 8th graders proficient in math: 21% – 10th lowest (-9 ppt. from 2019)
> Avg. annual per pupil spending in state: $11,291 – 21st lowest

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12. California
> Avg. share of 4th and 8th graders proficient in math: 26.5%
> 4th graders proficient in math: 30% – 12th lowest (-4 ppt. from 2019)
> 8th graders proficient in math: 23% – 17th lowest (-6 ppt. from 2019)
> Avg. annual per pupil spending in state: $13,679 – 17th highest

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11. Alaska
> Avg. share of 4th and 8th graders proficient in math: 25.5%
> 4th graders proficient in math: 28% – 10th lowest (-6 ppt. from 2019)
> 8th graders proficient in math: 23% – 17th lowest (-4 ppt. from 2019)
> Avg. annual per pupil spending in state: $18,393 – 4th highest

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10. Oregon
> Avg. share of 4th and 8th graders proficient in math: 25.5%
> 4th graders proficient in math: 29% – 11th lowest (-8 ppt. from 2019)
> 8th graders proficient in math: 22% – 13th lowest (-9 ppt. from 2019)
> Avg. annual per pupil spending in state: $11,778 – 24th lowest

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