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Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2018


Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2018

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 2018, 48% of students in Berks County scored as proficient or advanced on the PSSA Grade 3 Math exam, lower than in 2017 at 51%. In comparison, 31% of historically underperforming students in Berks County passed the exam, down slightly from 35% in 2017. Berks County's 2018 proficiency rate was 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 2018 proficiency rate for both groups with 74% for all students and 67% for historically underperforming students, followed by Brandywine Heights Area (71% for all, 53% for historically underperforming) and Hamburg (70% for all, 66% for historically underperforming). Reading had the lowest proficiency rate at 18% proficiency for all students and 17% for historically underperforming. Reading also had the highest share of historically underperforming students at 97% 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 Lehigh (61%). Proficiency for historically underperforming students in comparison counties ranged from 37% (in Lebanon and Schuylkill) to 47% (in Montgomery), while proficiency for all students ranged from 51% (in Schuylkill) to 67% (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, 2018
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania54%38%
Berks County48%31%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County66%38%
Lancaster County56%40%
Lebanon County55%37%
Lehigh County55%40%
Montgomery County67%47%
Schuylkill County51%37%
School Districts
Exeter Township School District52%34%
Fleetwood Area School District60%38%
Governor Mifflin School District50%33%
Hamburg Area School District70%66%
Kutztown Area School District66%44%
Muhlenberg School District43%35%
Antietam School District36%34%
Oley Valley School District59%37%
Reading School District18%17%
Boyertown Area School District63%45%
Schuylkill Valley School District63%48%
Brandywine Heights Area School District71%53%
Tulpehocken Area School District67%46%
Conrad Weiser Area School District61%41%
Twin Valley School District65%39%
Daniel Boone Area School District45%30%
Wilson School District74%67%
Wyomissing Area School District70%54%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2018
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania66,30726,774
Berks County2,249874
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County3,857798
Lancaster County2,6471,005
Lebanon County780283
Lehigh County1,938849
Montgomery County5,3361,474
Schuylkill County624259
School Districts
Exeter Township School District14436
Fleetwood Area School District9722
Governor Mifflin School District14451
Hamburg Area School District9153
Kutztown Area School District5012
Muhlenberg School District11364
Antietam School District2619
Oley Valley School District6717
Reading School District226209
Boyertown Area School District323103
Schuylkill Valley School District9226
Brandywine Heights Area School District7221
Tulpehocken Area School District6623
Conrad Weiser Area School District9028
Twin Valley School District15236
Daniel Boone Area School District9827
Wilson School District9751
Wyomissing Area School District9030

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 County62%32%
Lancaster County55%38%
Lebanon County50%32%
Lehigh County48%32%
Montgomery County62%42%
Schuylkill County47%34%
School Districts
Daniel Boone Area School District53%32%
Wilson School District64%53%
Wyomissing Area School District68%39%
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%
Antietam School District46%40%
Oley Valley School District58%55%
Reading School District17%17%
Boyertown Area School District61%41%
Schuylkill Valley School District48%29%
Brandywine Heights Area School District50%37%
Tulpehocken Area School District74%57%
Conrad Weiser Area School District50%35%
Twin Valley School District63%40%

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 County3,754724
Lancaster County2,638918
Lebanon County689232
Lehigh County1,728691
Montgomery County4,8371,312
Schuylkill County646255
School Districts
Daniel Boone Area School District13228
Wilson School District10741
Wyomissing Area School District8316
Exeter Township School District15236
Fleetwood Area School District10028
Governor Mifflin School District13339
Hamburg Area School District9926
Kutztown Area School District409
Muhlenberg School District10951
Antietam School District3521
Oley Valley School District6116
Reading School District227227
Boyertown Area School District34587
Schuylkill Valley School District7314
Brandywine Heights Area School District4913
Tulpehocken Area School District7025
Conrad Weiser Area School District8726
Twin Valley School District14429

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Maintaining
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
Employment to Population ratio Maintaining
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 Increasing
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Increasing
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Quality Early Childhood Centers Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 English Decreasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 English Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Decreasing
Student Performance on High School English Decreasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Maintaining
Living Wage Maintaining
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Increasing
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
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 Decreasing
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Maintaining
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing