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High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2016


High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2016

What does this measure?

The self-reported post-graduation plans of high school graduates as reported to the state.

Why is this important?

Higher education is associated with greater earnings and standard of living. Post-graduate plans are also an indirect measure of the educational strength of the region's schools.

How is our county performing?

In 2016, 67% of high school graduates in Berks County planned to attend college at either a 2- or 4-year program. The Berks' rate in 2016 was slightly higher than the state rate of 65% and slightly up from 65% in 2008. The state saw a decrease of 5 percentage points (70% to 65% in that same time period).

Wyomissing Area School District had the highest college-bound rate with 87% of its graduates planning to go to a 2- or 4-year college. In addition to Wyomissing, 75% or more of graduates in the following districts planned to attend college upon graduation: Wilson, Oley Valley and Daniel Boone Area. The lowest college-bound rates were in Reading, where only 52% of graduates planned to attend college at a 2- or 4-year institution.

Berks' 2- or 4- year college going rate was below those of Montgomery (84%), Chester (78%) and Lehigh (72%) counties. Berks had a larger share of college-bound graduates than Schuylkill (64%), Lancaster (63%), and Lebanon (62%) counties.

Notes about the data

The plans of a high school graduate may not come to fruition for many reasons, including finances, lack of admission opportunities, or a change of plans between the time of reporting and enrollment. For purposes of the listed reports, a high school graduate is a student who has received a diploma. Students earning high school credentials by obtaining a General Educational Development (GED) diploma are not considered graduates for the purpose of the data as reported by the state of Pennsylvania.

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High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2016
2 or 4 Year CollegeNon-Degree Granting SchoolOtherSpecialized Associate Degree Program
Pennsylvania65%2%31%2%
Berks County67%2%29%2%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County78%3%18%1%
Lancaster County63%2%30%4%
Lebanon County62%2%34%2%
Lehigh County72%2%25%1%
Montgomery County84%1%14%1%
Schuylkill County64%2%29%5%
School Districts
Antietam School District68%0%25%7%
Boyertown Area School District68%3%27%2%
Brandywine Heights Area School District67%1%29%3%
Conrad Weiser Area School District69%3%24%4%
Daniel Boone Area School District75%0%25%0%
Exeter Township School District73%4%22%1%
Fleetwood Area School District66%0%31%3%
Governor Mifflin School District59%0%37%3%
Hamburg Area School District65%1%28%5%
Kutztown Area School District70%0%28%2%
Muhlenberg School District72%0%23%4%
Oley Valley School District76%2%22%1%
Reading School District52%2%46%0%
Schuylkill Valley School District71%4%22%3%
Tulpehocken Area School District55%8%37%0%
Twin Valley School District68%0%26%6%
Wilson School District79%3%17%1%
Wyomissing Area School District87%1%10%2%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2016
2 or 4 Year CollegeNon-Degree Granting SchoolOtherSpecialized Associate Degree Program
Pennsylvania80,8622,54938,9602,680
Berks County3,188931,350105
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County5,2762041,24177
Lancaster County3,1601161,513196
Lebanon County8232444430
Lehigh County2,6165991542
Montgomery County6,770931,09164
Schuylkill County8392737368
School Districts
Antietam School District410154
Boyertown Area School District3391413411
Brandywine Heights Area School District1001445
Conrad Weiser Area School District1577558
Daniel Boone Area School District1980660
Exeter Township School District25414762
Fleetwood Area School District1531726
Governor Mifflin School District176110910
Hamburg Area School District1032458
Kutztown Area School District740292
Muhlenberg School District21516912
Oley Valley School District912261
Reading School District404183601
Schuylkill Valley School District1046334
Tulpehocken Area School District558370
Twin Valley School District15705914
Wilson School District35612796
Wyomissing Area School District1242143

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2008
2 or 4 Year CollegeNon-Degree Granting SchoolOtherSpecialized Associate Degree Program
Pennsylvania70%3%24%3%
Berks County65%3%30%2%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County84%3%12%1%
Lancaster County63%3%30%5%
Lebanon County60%2%34%4%
Lehigh County74%1%24%1%
Montgomery County86%1%11%2%
Schuylkill County63%4%25%8%
School Districts
Antietam School District70%6%22%1%
Boyertown Area School District68%2%26%4%
Brandywine Heights Area School District76%1%21%1%
Conrad Weiser Area School District74%4%19%3%
Daniel Boone Area School District63%0%30%6%
Exeter Township School District0%0%100%0%
Fleetwood Area School District65%3%30%3%
Governor Mifflin School District76%8%16%0%
Hamburg Area School District58%12%29%1%
Kutztown Area School District67%1%30%1%
Muhlenberg School District78%3%16%3%
Oley Valley School District77%1%22%0%
Reading School District56%2%39%3%
Schuylkill Valley School District76%5%16%3%
Tulpehocken Area School District59%6%32%3%
Twin Valley School District80%0%19%0%
Wilson School District80%4%14%2%
Wyomissing Area School District89%0%8%3%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2008
2 or 4 Year CollegeNon-Degree Granting SchoolOtherSpecialized Associate Degree Program
Pennsylvania86,7713,21629,9964,044
Berks County3,0641371,385107
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County4,45314962544
Lancaster County3,1131511,486225
Lebanon County8263046448
Lehigh County2,7195086336
Montgomery County6,749117827137
Schuylkill County92263361117
School Districts
Antietam School District696221
Boyertown Area School District3781214422
Brandywine Heights Area School District1071302
Conrad Weiser Area School District1799477
Daniel Boone Area School District15817515
Exeter Township School District003170
Fleetwood Area School District1416656
Governor Mifflin School District23625500
Hamburg Area School District11324571
Kutztown Area School District962432
Muhlenberg School District2057437
Oley Valley School District1121320
Reading School District4041127823
Schuylkill Valley School District1238255
Tulpehocken Area School District697373
Twin Valley School District1891450
Wilson School District35416638
Wyomissing Area School District1310125

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population Ratio Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Increasing
Local Government Spending Increasing
County Government Spending Decreasing
School District Spending Increasing
Quality Early Childhood Centers Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on High School Reading Increasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage by Household Type Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Health Status Decreasing
Managed Medicaid Enrollment Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Adults Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Children Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Youth Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Occupied Housing Units Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Maintaining
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Increasing
Tourism Spending Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income Increasing
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing