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Students Passing Grade 8 Math, 2017


Students Passing Grade 8 Math, 2017

What does this measure?

The percentage of students considered proficient or advanced on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) Grade 8 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?

The middle school math examination serves as a checkpoint for high school preparation. Performance on this exam can help predict high school success in math. 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, 33% of students in Berks County passed the PSSA Grade 8 Math exam, up from 30% 2015. In 2017, 17% of historically underperforming students in Berks County passed the exam, up from 12% in 2015. Berks' historically underperforming eighth graders made up 43% of all eighth graders tested. Berks County's 2017 rate was similar to the statewide rates of 16% for historically underperforming and 33% for all students.

Local school districts with higher proficiency rates for students overall included Oley Valley, at 53%, followed by Boyertown Area, 51% and Conrad Weiser Area at 50%. Local school districts with higher proficiency rates for historically underperforming students included Tulpehocken Area, at 33%, followed by Boyertown Area, at 30%, and Fleetwood Area, at 29%. Reading had the lowest proficiency rates, at 4% for all students and 2% for historically underperforming students (historically underperforming students were 48% of eighth graders tested.

Berks County's proficiency rate for historically underperforming students was somewhat higher than Lehigh (13%), Schuylkill (14%), Chester (15%) and Lebanon (16%). It was lower than Lancaster (18%) and Montgomery (22%). For all students, Berks County's proficiency rate was higher than Schuylkill (24%), Lebanon (30%), and Lehigh (31%), but lower than Lancaster (38%), Chester (44%) and Montgomery (45%). Berks' share of historically underperforming students in eighth grade is higher than Chester (35%) and Montgomery (37%), but lower than other comparison counties which range from 47% (Lancaster) to 52% (Lehigh).

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 8 Math, 2017
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania33%16%
Berks County33%17%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County44%15%
Lancaster County38%18%
Lebanon County30%16%
Lehigh County31%13%
Montgomery County45%22%
Schuylkill County24%14%
School Districts
Antietam School District8%0%
Boyertown Area School District51%30%
Brandywine Heights Area School District44%22%
Conrad Weiser Area School District50%28%
Daniel Boone Area School District33%17%
Exeter Township School District35%15%
Fleetwood Area School District46%29%
Governor Mifflin School District35%18%
Hamburg Area School District29%12%
Kutztown Area School District22%10%
Muhlenberg School District24%16%
Oley Valley School District53%27%
Reading School District4%2%
Schuylkill Valley School District49%28%
Tulpehocken Area School District40%33%
Twin Valley School District44%20%
Wilson School District48%23%
Wyomissing Area School District45%14%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of Students Passing Grade 8 Math, 2017
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania40,06310,065
Berks County1,571339
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County2,698321
Lancaster County1,754393
Lebanon County414104
Lehigh County1,144259
Montgomery County3,382613
Schuylkill County33397
School Districts
Antietam School District40
Boyertown Area School District28459
Brandywine Heights Area School District397
Conrad Weiser Area School District10525
Daniel Boone Area School District8517
Exeter Township School District10618
Fleetwood Area School District8620
Governor Mifflin School District11330
Hamburg Area School District438
Kutztown Area School District204
Muhlenberg School District6330
Oley Valley School District6913
Reading School District429
Schuylkill Valley School District6417
Tulpehocken Area School District4216
Twin Valley School District10417
Wilson School District23642
Wyomissing Area School District667

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Students Passing Grade 8 Math, 2015
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania30%14%
Berks County30%12%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County40%13%
Lancaster County34%16%
Lebanon County28%14%
Lehigh County27%10%
Montgomery County45%23%
Schuylkill County18%8%
School Districts
Antietam School District12%6%
Boyertown Area School District43%22%
Brandywine Heights Area School District25%8%
Conrad Weiser Area School District39%15%
Daniel Boone Area School District30%8%
Exeter Township School District39%19%
Fleetwood Area School District30%10%
Governor Mifflin School District35%27%
Hamburg Area School District31%20%
Kutztown Area School District23%0%
Muhlenberg School District21%13%
Oley Valley School District37%24%
Reading School District2%2%
Schuylkill Valley School District50%33%
Tulpehocken Area School District28%12%
Twin Valley School District50%28%
Wilson School District47%29%
Wyomissing Area School District44%15%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of Students Passing Grade 8 Math, 2015
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania38,4008,759
Berks County1,426290
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County2,736322
Lancaster County1,683360
Lebanon County37793
Lehigh County1,029206
Montgomery County3,647633
Schuylkill County23760
School Districts
Antietam School District72
Boyertown Area School District22734
Brandywine Heights Area School District294
Conrad Weiser Area School District7611
Daniel Boone Area School District887
Exeter Township School District11820
Fleetwood Area School District626
Governor Mifflin School District11139
Hamburg Area School District5616
Kutztown Area School District260
Muhlenberg School District5719
Oley Valley School District499
Reading School District2424
Schuylkill Valley School District7515
Tulpehocken Area School District296
Twin Valley School District12926
Wilson School District19843
Wyomissing Area School District659

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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Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population Ratio Decreasing
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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