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This study investigated sex, attitude, and mathematics achievement among secondary school students in Edo and Delta States. Three research questions were raised and answered. Three hypotheses were also formulated and tested at the 0.05 level of significance. This study adopted a correlational research design. The population of this study was 51,526 Secondary School II (SSII) students in the 792 public secondary schools in Edo and Delta states. The sample of this study was 800 SS2 students drawn from the 80 public secondary schools in Edo and Delta States. The Attitude Towards Mathematics Inventory (ATMI) and the Mathematics Achievement Test (MAT) were used for data collection. The reliability of the MAT was determined using the Kuder-Richardson-21 formula, and the reliability of ATMI was determined using Cronbach's alpha. These yielded a reliability index of 0.73 for the Mathematics Achievement Test (MAT) and an alpha of.795, p<.05 for the Attitude Towards Mathematics Inventory (ATMI). The mathematics teachers from the various sampled schools served as research assistants; they directly assisted in administering the instruments to the 800 SS2 students. However, 760, which represent approximately 95% of the total number of administered copies of each instrument, were retrieved and used for data analysis. In the analysis, Pearson Product Moment Correlation (r) and coefficient of determination (r2) were used to answer the research questions. The hypotheses were tested using regression. The major findings of the study show that there is a significant relationship between attitude towards mathematics and mathematics achievement of secondary school students in Edo and Delta States; between sex and mathematics achievement of secondary school students in Edo and Delta States; among sex, attitude towards mathematics and academic achievement of secondary school students in Edo and Delta States; On the basis of these findings, it was recommended, among others, that Mathematics educators should assess their students' dispositions and provide suitable assistance to foster the cultivation of a favourable mindset towards the subject. More practically, teachers could use the survey utilised in the ATMI to examine their students' level of attitude towards mathematics.