In 2018, the share of students deemed proficient fell by about two percentage points (23.3 to 21.0 percent). One-in-ten economically disadvantaged students are proficient. For economically disadvantaged, African American students, the proficiency rate is less than one-in-twenty.
Overall, Tulsa students are in a bottom tier of performance for 8th grade mathematics nationally. Statewide proficiency levels, which are comparable to Tulsa’s, have fallen below U.S. averages since the early 2000s.
Tulsa has a lot of work to do to ensure students are college and career ready in math. Middle school math is an important indicator of success. The labor market is reserving its highest returns for workers with two broad skill sets: social and math. In an era of accelerated technological progress, workers’ unique human abilities to communicate, negotiate, persuade, task trade, and engage with others are increasingly valuable. Workers who can pair social skills with math-related capabilities (e.g., budgeting, accounting, forecasting, statistical analysis) will see a range of job opportunities and stronger wage growth.