MAP results show low math scores compared to other subjects

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JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test results for individual districts Monday.

The district data showed that for most districts in the state math is the subject with the lowest percentage of students proficient or advanced on the required assessments.

This is also the case for most of mid-Missouri schools.

According to DESE's Communication Coordinator Sarah Potter, low math scores are usually a trend in the state.

"Unfortunately you see a lot of states struggle in the STEM areas especially," Potter said. "This is why there has been such a focus on the STEM."

Potter said the results has followed the trend of very high English results.

"We in Missouri we have a very strong focus on reading and literacy and doing a lot of reading especially at a early age," Potter said. "Whereas we might not think about preschoolers doing math."

Potter said DESE will be able to compare its results more accurately once other states release their test results.