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Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2017


Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2017

What does this measure?

The percentage of students considered proficient or advanced on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) Grade 3 Math 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?

Development of early math skills is an important part of elementary schooling and a foundation for continuing progress in not only math, but also science and related subjects. 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, 51% of students in Berks County scored as proficient or advanced on the PSSA Grade 3 Math exam, the same as in 2016. In comparison, 35% of historically underperforming students in Berks County passed the exam, down slightly from 36% in 2015. Berks' historically underperforming third graders made up 56% of third graders as a whole. Berks County's 2017 proficiency rate was slightly below the statewide rate for both groups (which was 54% for all students and 38% for all students).

Among local school districts, Wilson had the highest 2016 proficiency rate for both groups with 78% for all students and 64% for historically underperforming students, followed by Brandywine Heights Area (72% for all, 64% for historically underperforming) and Tulpehocken Area (72% for all, 60% for historically underperforming). Reading had the lowest proficiency rate at 20% proficiency for both groups. Reading also had the highest share of historically underperforming students at 85% of test takers.

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 37% (in Lebanon) to 48% (in Montgomery), while proficiency for all students ranged from 53% (in Schuylkill) to 68% (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 Math, 2017
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania54%38%
Berks County51%35%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County66%37%
Lancaster County60%43%
Lebanon County57%37%
Lehigh County54%39%
Montgomery County68%48%
Schuylkill County53%38%
School Districts
Antietam School District44%28%
Boyertown Area School District71%53%
Brandywine Heights Area School District72%64%
Conrad Weiser Area School District62%43%
Daniel Boone Area School District49%27%
Exeter Township School District56%37%
Fleetwood Area School District53%30%
Governor Mifflin School District60%48%
Hamburg Area School District59%42%
Kutztown Area School District52%29%
Muhlenberg School District47%39%
Oley Valley School District59%49%
Reading School District20%20%
Schuylkill Valley School District56%37%
Tulpehocken Area School District72%60%
Twin Valley School District60%43%
Wilson School District78%64%
Wyomissing Area School District61%43%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2017
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania68,11227,442
Berks County2,372911
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County3,798782
Lancaster County2,8441,108
Lebanon County771242
Lehigh County2,033903
Montgomery County5,3981,600
Schuylkill County709297
School Districts
Antietam School District4016
Boyertown Area School District364104
Brandywine Heights Area School District5525
Conrad Weiser Area School District12338
Daniel Boone Area School District11024
Exeter Township School District15038
Fleetwood Area School District8122
Governor Mifflin School District15164
Hamburg Area School District8831
Kutztown Area School District5312
Muhlenberg School District12271
Oley Valley School District7024
Reading School District249208
Schuylkill Valley School District8525
Tulpehocken Area School District7331
Twin Valley School District14441
Wilson School District327107
Wyomissing Area School District8730

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2015
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania49%31%
Berks County46%28%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County61%32%
Lancaster County55%38%
Lebanon County50%32%
Lehigh County48%32%
Montgomery County62%41%
Schuylkill County47%33%
School Districts
Antietam School District46%40%
Boyertown Area School District61%41%
Brandywine Heights Area School District50%37%
Conrad Weiser Area School District50%35%
Daniel Boone Area School District53%32%
Exeter Township School District56%37%
Fleetwood Area School District54%36%
Governor Mifflin School District54%34%
Hamburg Area School District61%39%
Kutztown Area School District48%26%
Muhlenberg School District45%33%
Oley Valley School District58%55%
Reading School District17%17%
Schuylkill Valley School District48%29%
Tulpehocken Area School District74%57%
Twin Valley School District63%40%
Wilson School District69%53%
Wyomissing Area School District68%39%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2015
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania60,77521,733
Berks County2,226778
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County3,765731
Lancaster County2,638918
Lebanon County689232
Lehigh County1,728691
Montgomery County4,8371,312
Schuylkill County646255
School Districts
Antietam School District3521
Boyertown Area School District34587
Brandywine Heights Area School District4913
Conrad Weiser Area School District8726
Daniel Boone Area School District13228
Exeter Township School District15236
Fleetwood Area School District10028
Governor Mifflin School District13339
Hamburg Area School District9926
Kutztown Area School District409
Muhlenberg School District10951
Oley Valley School District6116
Reading School District227227
Schuylkill Valley School District7314
Tulpehocken Area School District7025
Twin Valley School District14429
Wilson School District28887
Wyomissing Area School District8316

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
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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
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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