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19 States Where Students Score the Worst on Math Tests

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9. Mississippi
> Avg. share of 4th and 8th graders proficient in math: 25%
> 4th graders proficient in math: 32% – 17th lowest (-7 ppt. from 2019)
> 8th graders proficient in math: 18% – 5th lowest (-8 ppt. from 2019)
> Avg. annual per pupil spending in state: $9,303 – 6th lowest

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8. Nevada
> Avg. share of 4th and 8th graders proficient in math: 24.5%
> 4th graders proficient in math: 28% – 10th lowest (-6 ppt. from 2019)
> 8th graders proficient in math: 21% – 10th lowest (-5 ppt. from 2019)
> Avg. annual per pupil spending in state: $9,159 – 5th lowest

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7. Arkansas
> Avg. share of 4th and 8th graders proficient in math: 23.5%
> 4th graders proficient in math: 28% – 10th lowest (-5 ppt. from 2019)
> 8th graders proficient in math: 19% – 8th lowest (-7 ppt. from 2019)
> Avg. annual per pupil spending in state: $10,084 – 12th lowest

6. Louisiana
> Avg. share of 4th and 8th graders proficient in math: 23%
> 4th graders proficient in math: 27% – 6th lowest (-3 ppt. from 2019)
> 8th graders proficient in math: 19% – 8th lowest (-6 ppt. from 2019)
> Avg. annual per pupil spending in state: $11,800 – 25th lowest

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5. Alabama
> Avg. share of 4th and 8th graders proficient in math: 23%
> 4th graders proficient in math: 27% – 6th lowest (no change from 2019)
> 8th graders proficient in math: 19% – 8th lowest (-4 ppt. from 2019)
> Avg. annual per pupil spending in state: $10,076 – 11th lowest

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