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Digest of Education Statistics: 2006
Digest of Education Statistics: 2006

NCES 2007-017
July 2007


Table 126. Selected statistics on mathematics education for public school students, by state or jurisdiction: 2000, 2003, and 2004 
State or jurisdiction Math units
required for graduation
in 2004
Length of school year (in days) High school exit exam required for graduation
in 2004
Percent of 8th-grade students reporting (2003)
2000 2004 3 or more
hours
of math
instruction
each week
Spending
30 minutes
or more on
math homework each day1 
Positive
attitudes
toward math2 
Watching
6 or more hours
of television
or videotapes
each day
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
United States       88 (0.7) 57 (—) 72 (—) 15 (0.2)
Alabama 4   175   175 Yes   77 (4.1) 55 (—) 74 (—) 21 (1.1)
Alaska 2   180   180 Yes   92 (2.1) (†) (†) (†)
Arizona 2   175 3  175 Yes 4  86 (3.3) 59 (—) 72 (—) 11 (0.7)
Arkansas 4   178   178 No   86 (3.6) 57 (—) 75 (—) 18 (0.9)
California 2   175   180 Yes 4  87 (3.4) 70 (—) 67 (—) 14 (0.7)
                               
Colorado [5]   [6]   170 No   91 (2.9) 63 (—) 68 (—) 9 (0.7)
Connecticut 3   180   180 No   93 (2.3) 56 (—) 73 (—) 15 (0.8)
Delaware 3   [6]   [6] No   100 (†) 51 (—) 78 (—) 18 (0.8)
District of Columbia 3   180 7  180 Yes 4  92 (0.5) 56 (—) 76 (—) 34 (1.1)
Florida 3   180   180 Yes   79 (4.6) 57 (—) 74 (—) 20 (1.1)
                               
Georgia 4   180 7  180 Yes   83 (3.5) 59 (—) 74 (—) 18 (0.9)
Hawaii 3   184   183 No   93 (0.3) 66 (—) 70 (—) 20 (0.8)
Idaho 4 8  180   170 Yes 4  90 (2.1) 56 (—) 70 (—) 9 (0.6)
Illinois 2   180 9  185 No   83 (3.6) 62 (—) 73 (—) 15 (0.8)
Indiana 4 8  180   180 Yes   87 (3.4) 59 (—) 72 (—) 13 (0.9)
                               
Iowa [5]   180   180 No   84 (3.6) 56 (—) 75 (—) 10 (0.6)
Kansas 2   186   186 No   83 (4.3) 56 (—) 75 (—) 11 (0.6)
Kentucky 3   175   [6] No   90 (3.1) 54 (—) 75 (—) 15 (0.8)
Louisiana 3   175   177 Yes   92 (3.0) 50 (—) 78 (—) 23 (1.0)
Maine 2   175   180 No   91 (2.0) 58 (—) 74 (—) 10 (0.7)
                               
Maryland 3   180   180 Yes 4  83 (4.1) 52 (—) 74 (—) 20 (0.9)
Massachusetts [5]   180   180 Yes   91 (3.0) 60 (—) 75 (—) 11 (0.6)
Michigan [5]   180   185 Yes 4  90 (3.1) 52 (—) 74 (—) 16 (1.0)
Minnesota 3   [10]   [6] Yes   89 (2.7) 53 (—) 74 (—) 8 (0.6)
Mississippi 3   180   180 Yes   82 (3.5) 50 (—) 78 (—) 23 (1.1)
                               
Missouri 2   174   174 No   91 (2.4) 57 (—) 72 (—) 14 (0.7)
Montana 2   180   180 No   91 (1.3) 58 (—) 75 (—) 9 (0.6)
Nebraska [5]   [6]   [6] No   89 (1.4) 59 (—) 74 (—) 10 (0.7)
Nevada 3   180   180 Yes   91 (0.6) 60 (—) 71 (—) 16 (0.7)
New Hampshire 2   180   180 No   92 (1.8) 57 (—) 70 (—) 10 (0.6)
                               
New Jersey 3   180   180 Yes   84 (4.1) 54 (—) 76 (—) 15 (0.7)
New Mexico 3   180   180 Yes   84 (3.1) 61 (—) 72 (—) 13 (0.9)
New York 2   180 7  180 Yes   91 (2.7) 51 (—) 74 (—) 17 (0.8)
North Carolina 3   180   180 Yes   81 (3.7) 63 (—) 78 (—) 16 (0.6)
North Dakota [5]   173   173 No   89 (1.5) 54 (—) 76 (—) 8 (0.6)
                               
Ohio 3   182   182 Yes 4  91 (3.2) 53 (—) 73 (—) 14 (0.7)
Oklahoma 3   180   180 Yes 4  84 (3.8) 55 (—) 68 (—) 14 (0.8)
Oregon 2   [6]   [6] No   88 (3.1) 58 (—) 67 (—) 11 (0.7)
Pennsylvania [5]   180   180 No   93 (2.6) 46 (—) 75 (—) 14 (0.9)
Rhode Island 2   180   180 No   91 (0.4) 55 (—) 68 (—) 14 (0.8)
                               
South Carolina 4   180   180 Yes 4  83 (4.0) 55 (—) 77 (—) 19 (0.9)
South Dakota 2     170 No   93 (1.0) 60 (—) 76 (—) 8 (0.5)
Tennessee 3   180   180 Yes 4  85 (3.3) 53 (—) 73 (—) 18 (1.0)
Texas 3   187   180 Yes 4  92 (2.8) 57 (—) 73 (—) 16 (0.8)
Utah 2   180   180 Yes 4  95 (1.9) 53 (—) 66 (—) 7 (0.5)
                               
Vermont 5 11  175   175 No   78 (2.4) 57 (—) 70 (—) 10 (0.7)
Virginia 3   180   180 Yes   92 (2.7) 55 (—) 74 (—) 17 (1.0)
Washington 2   180 9  180 Yes 4  89 (3.5) 59 (—) 70 (—) 12 (0.7)
West Virginia 3   180   180 No   91 (3.0) 47 (—) 75 (—) 15 (1.0)
Wisconsin 2   180   180 No   93 (2.6) 52 (—) 73 (—) 12 (0.9)
Wyoming 3   175   175 No   97 (0.2) 58 (—) 73 (—) 11 (0.6)
Department of Defense
 dependents schools
                             
Domestic schools 3 12  183   No 12  68 (1.3) 63 (—) 79 (—) 17 (1.3)
Overseas schools 3 12  183   No 12  91 (0.5) 72 (—) 74 (—) 11 (0.6)
—Not available.
† Not applicable.
1 Percentage of students who report spending 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 1 hour, and over 1 hour on mathematics homework each day.
2 Percentage of students agreeing or strongly agreeing with this statement: "Mathematics is useful for solving everyday problems."
3 1994 data.
4 Exit exam policy under development or takes effect after 2004.
5 Local board determines policy.
6 No statewide policy.
7 1996 data.
8 Semester credits.
9 1998 data.
10 Varies by district.
11 Includes math and science courses.
12 2000 data.
NOTE: Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2003 Mathematics Assessment; and Coun­cil of Chief State School Officers, Key State Education Policies on PK–12 Education: 2000 and 2004. (This table was prepared September 2005.)