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Students Passing Grade 8 English, 2018


Students Passing Grade 8 English, 2018

What does this measure?

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

The middle school reading examination serves as a checkpoint for high school preparation. Performance on this exam can help predict high school success in reading. 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, 56% students in Berks County passed the PSSA Grade 8 English Language Arts exam, almost the same as in 2017. In contrast, 35% of historically underperforming students in Berks County passed the exam, up slightly from 34% in 2017 and 33% in 2016. Berks County's 2018 rates for both historically underperforming students and all students were below the statewide rates of 43% and 62% respectively.

Among local school districts, Schuylkill Valley had highest 2018 proficiency rates for all students as a whole at 77%. Wilson had the highest proficiency rates, for historically underperforming at 54% (though historically underperforming students made up 63% of test takers). Reading had the lowest proficiency rates, at 20% for both historically underperforming students and all students (historically underperforming students made up 97% of test takers).

For both all students and historically underperforming students, Berks County's proficiency rate was the lowest among comparison counties, lower than Lebanon County (59% and 39%),Lehigh (62% and 42%), Schuylkill (58% and 42%), Lancaster (65% and 45%), Chester (71% and 43%) and Montgomery (76% and 53%). Berks' share of historically underperforming students in eighth grade is equal to Lehigh and higher than all other comparison counties which range from 37% (Montgomery) to 49% (Lancaster) of test takers.

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 English, 2018
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania62%43%
Berks County56%35%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County71%43%
Lancaster County65%45%
Lebanon County59%39%
Lehigh County62%42%
Montgomery County76%53%
Schuylkill County58%42%
School Districts
Daniel Boone Area School District73%51%
Wilson School District66%54%
Wyomissing Area School District73%53%
Exeter Township School District70%44%
Fleetwood Area School District61%32%
Governor Mifflin School District62%41%
Hamburg Area School District65%52%
Kutztown Area School District72%51%
Antietam School District45%30%
Muhlenberg School District50%43%
Oley Valley School District72%50%
Boyertown Area School District71%47%
Reading School District20%20%
Brandywine Heights Area School District62%38%
Schuylkill Valley School District77%52%
Conrad Weiser Area School District59%41%
Tulpehocken Area School District60%41%
Twin Valley School District71%41%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of Students Passing Grade 8 English, 2018
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania76,81827,630
Berks County2,712911
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County4,626967
Lancaster County3,0711,053
Lebanon County811246
Lehigh County2,312850
Montgomery County5,9371,511
Schuylkill County773271
School Districts
Daniel Boone Area School District18845
Wilson School District11358
Wyomissing Area School District10639
Exeter Township School District21543
Fleetwood Area School District11523
Governor Mifflin School District20971
Hamburg Area School District11142
Kutztown Area School District7623
Antietam School District3612
Muhlenberg School District14891
Oley Valley School District8120
Boyertown Area School District37184
Reading School District211201
Brandywine Heights Area School District7119
Schuylkill Valley School District12933
Conrad Weiser Area School District9629
Tulpehocken Area School District5719
Twin Valley School District18737

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Students Passing Grade 8 English, 2015
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania58%37%
Berks County54%30%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County67%34%
Lancaster County62%40%
Lebanon County55%32%
Lehigh County56%35%
Montgomery County74%50%
Schuylkill County56%41%
School Districts
Daniel Boone Area School District74%46%
Wilson School District60%50%
Wyomissing Area School District69%42%
Exeter Township School District69%45%
Fleetwood Area School District59%27%
Governor Mifflin School District56%39%
Hamburg Area School District66%56%
Kutztown Area School District63%32%
Antietam School District27%22%
Muhlenberg School District55%41%
Oley Valley School District55%37%
Boyertown Area School District71%45%
Reading School District13%13%
Brandywine Heights Area School District59%33%
Schuylkill Valley School District79%57%
Conrad Weiser Area School District45%17%
Tulpehocken Area School District48%32%
Twin Valley School District75%54%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of Students Passing Grade 8 English, 2015
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania74,75624,093
Berks County2,589743
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County4,494837
Lancaster County3,056888
Lebanon County741213
Lehigh County2,095688
Montgomery County5,9481,403
Schuylkill County752289
School Districts
Daniel Boone Area School District21741
Wilson School District9337
Wyomissing Area School District10026
Exeter Township School District21249
Fleetwood Area School District12116
Governor Mifflin School District17757
Hamburg Area School District12145
Kutztown Area School District7012
Antietam School District168
Muhlenberg School District14761
Oley Valley School District7214
Boyertown Area School District36970
Reading School District140140
Brandywine Heights Area School District6916
Schuylkill Valley School District11726
Conrad Weiser Area School District8813
Tulpehocken Area School District5017
Twin Valley School District19049

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




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