- The tests are so difficult and impractical that the LDOE and their testing company have lowered the passing grade for the 8th grade test to only 27% for the school year 2015-16. A student needs to only get 27% of the questions right on the math test right to get a passing grade.
- In the 2014-15 school year, the first year the new Common Core aligned tests were given, the cut score for passing was set at only 22%.
- But even with these ridiculously low passing scores, 45% of our students failed the 8th grade math test in 2015 and 43% failed in 2016.
- In 2016, my best estimate is that the average 8th grade math score statewide was only 33%. Considering that large portions of the tests are multiple choice, many students can do almost as well on these tests by just making random guesses.
Find out for yourself about the 8th grade math test by taking the practice test by clicking on this link to the LDOE testing website.