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Students Passing Grade 3 English, 2017


Students Passing Grade 3 English, 2017

What does this measure?

The percentage of students considered proficient or advanced on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) Grade 3 English Language Arts exam, reported for both the total student population and those students defined as "historically underperforming." Pennsylvania defines historically underperforming groups as students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students, and English language learners.

Why is this important?

Early literacy skills are critical to a successful school experience. Third grade is considered an important milestone in a student's career in terms of reading proficiency and is correlated to whether a student will graduate high school. Proficiency among historically underperforming students can show whether districts and education policymakers have made progress in closing the achievement gap between traditionally underserved groups and other students.

How is our county performing?

In 2017, 60% of students in Berks County scored as proficient or advanced on the PSSA Grade 3 English Language Arts exam, up slightly from 57% in 2016, and the same as in 2015. In contrast, 43% of historically underperforming students in Berks County passed the exam, also up slightly from 40% in 2016, and similar to 2015. Berks' historically underperforming third-graders made up 56% of all third-graders. Berks County's 2017 rate for all students and historically underperforming students was below the statewide rates of 65% and 49% respectively.

Among local school districts, Wilson had the highest 2017 proficiency rate for historically underperforming students at 71%, followed by Oley Valley and Brandywine, 69%, and Governor Mifflin, 63%. When looking at all students, Wilson also had the highest proficiency level (84%), followed by Oley Valley (76%). Reading had the lowest proficiency rate for both groups, at 26% for historically underperforming students and 29% for all students. Reading also had the highest share of historically underperforming students at 85% of its third grade student body.

Berks County's proficiency rate for both historically underperforming students and its students as a whole was lower than all the comparison counties, despite Berks' share of historically underperforming students being lower than both Lehigh (62%) and Schuylkill (59%) counties. Proficiency for historically underperforming students in comparison counties ranged from 45% (in Lebanon) to 58% (in Montgomery), while proficiency for all students ranged from 63% (in Lehigh) to 77% (in Montgomery).

Notes about the data

As assessments vary among states, it is not possible to include comparable data for the nation or other areas in this indicator. Data are from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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Students Passing Grade 3 English, 2017
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania65%49%
Berks County60%43%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County76%49%
Lancaster County70%54%
Lebanon County65%45%
Lehigh County63%48%
Montgomery County77%58%
Schuylkill County66%51%
School Districts
Antietam School District62%48%
Boyertown Area School District75%56%
Brandywine Heights Area School District75%69%
Conrad Weiser Area School District69%52%
Daniel Boone Area School District66%41%
Exeter Township School District68%51%
Fleetwood Area School District65%37%
Governor Mifflin School District73%63%
Hamburg Area School District66%50%
Kutztown Area School District67%45%
Muhlenberg School District53%47%
Oley Valley School District76%69%
Reading School District29%26%
Schuylkill Valley School District76%61%
Tulpehocken Area School District70%60%
Twin Valley School District70%46%
Wilson School District84%71%
Wyomissing Area School District73%56%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of Students Passing Grade 3 English, 2017
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania80,82535,075
Berks County2,8071,128
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County4,3661,037
Lancaster County3,3301,372
Lebanon County876293
Lehigh County2,3451,112
Montgomery County6,1811,903
Schuylkill County877397
School Districts
Antietam School District5527
Boyertown Area School District383108
Brandywine Heights Area School District5727
Conrad Weiser Area School District13846
Daniel Boone Area School District15037
Exeter Township School District18253
Fleetwood Area School District10128
Governor Mifflin School District18382
Hamburg Area School District9736
Kutztown Area School District6819
Muhlenberg School District13985
Oley Valley School District9034
Reading School District352273
Schuylkill Valley School District11541
Tulpehocken Area School District7131
Twin Valley School District16744
Wilson School District354118
Wyomissing Area School District10539

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Students Passing Grade 3 English, 2015
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania62%45%
Berks County60%42%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County73%45%
Lancaster County67%49%
Lebanon County64%45%
Lehigh County61%45%
Montgomery County75%53%
Schuylkill County65%53%
School Districts
Antietam School District65%61%
Boyertown Area School District74%53%
Brandywine Heights Area School District69%50%
Conrad Weiser Area School District67%48%
Daniel Boone Area School District71%52%
Exeter Township School District73%52%
Fleetwood Area School District74%57%
Governor Mifflin School District75%58%
Hamburg Area School District70%52%
Kutztown Area School District65%54%
Muhlenberg School District57%47%
Oley Valley School District70%55%
Reading School District28%28%
Schuylkill Valley School District65%40%
Tulpehocken Area School District78%64%
Twin Valley School District71%52%
Wilson School District81%67%
Wyomissing Area School District78%46%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of Students Passing Grade 3 English, 2015
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania77,59931,356
Berks County2,8781,138
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County4,4791,023
Lancaster County3,2141,183
Lebanon County867323
Lehigh County2,182977
Montgomery County5,8641,690
Schuylkill County895404
School Districts
Antietam School District4931
Boyertown Area School District420113
Brandywine Heights Area School District6918
Conrad Weiser Area School District11836
Daniel Boone Area School District17545
Exeter Township School District19850
Fleetwood Area School District13744
Governor Mifflin School District18667
Hamburg Area School District11435
Kutztown Area School District5419
Muhlenberg School District13972
Oley Valley School District7316
Reading School District379378
Schuylkill Valley School District9919
Tulpehocken Area School District7428
Twin Valley School District16438
Wilson School District335110
Wyomissing Area School District9519

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
Vacant 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