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High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2017


High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2017

What does this measure?

The self-reported post-graduation plans of high school graduates as reported to the state.

Why is this important?

Higher education is associated with greater earnings and standard of living. Post-graduate plans are also an indirect measure of the educational strength of the region's schools.

How is our county performing?

In 2017, 66% of high school graduates in Berks County planned to attend college at either a 2- or 4-year program. The Berks' rate in 2017 was slightly higher than the state rate of 64% and slightly up from 65% in 2008. The state saw a decrease of 5 percentage points (69% to 64% in that same time period).

Wyomissing Area School District had the highest college-bound rate with 83% of its graduates planning to go to a 2- or 4-year college. In addition to Wyomissing, 75% or more of graduates in the following districts planned to attend college upon graduation: Wilson, Schuylkill Valley and Fleetwood Area. The lowest college-bound rates were in Reading, where only 51% of graduates planned to attend college at a 2- or 4-year institution.

Berks' 2- or 4- year college going rate was below those of Montgomery (80%), Chester (82%) and Lehigh (75%) counties. Berks had a larger share of college-bound graduates than Schuylkill (59%), Lancaster (62%), and Lebanon (59%) counties.

Notes about the data

The plans of a high school graduate may not come to fruition for many reasons, including finances, lack of admission opportunities, or a change of plans between the time of reporting and enrollment. For purposes of the listed reports, a high school graduate is a student who has received a diploma. Students earning high school credentials by obtaining a General Educational Development (GED) diploma are not considered graduates for the purpose of the data as reported by the state of Pennsylvania.

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High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2017
2 or 4 Year CollegeNon-Degree Granting SchoolOtherSpecialized Associate Degree Program
Pennsylvania64%2%32%2%
Berks County66%2%30%2%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County82%2%15%1%
Lancaster County62%2%32%4%
Lebanon County59%1%36%4%
Lehigh County75%2%22%1%
Montgomery County80%2%17%1%
Schuylkill County59%2%34%5%
School Districts
Hamburg Area School District52%1%36%11%
Daniel Boone Area School District73%4%22%0%
Wilson School District75%2%22%1%
Kutztown Area School District72%1%27%0%
Wyomissing Area School District83%1%14%2%
Antietam School District70%2%22%6%
Muhlenberg School District69%0%28%2%
Oley Valley School District63%3%34%0%
Boyertown Area School District68%2%29%1%
Reading School District51%2%47%0%
Exeter Township School District70%0%28%2%
Brandywine Heights Area School District73%0%27%1%
Schuylkill Valley School District77%1%19%2%
Fleetwood Area School District76%0%22%2%
Conrad Weiser Area School District73%3%20%4%
Tulpehocken Area School District64%10%27%0%
Governor Mifflin School District62%1%35%1%
Twin Valley School District69%1%27%3%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2017
2 or 4 Year CollegeNon-Degree Granting SchoolOtherSpecialized Associate Degree Program
Pennsylvania80,5842,54639,9322,443
Berks County3,138931,44481
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County5,08212995862
Lancaster County3,151961,610221
Lebanon County7581546649
Lehigh County2,8747085837
Montgomery County7,1101481,52980
Schuylkill County7562942759
School Districts
Hamburg Area School District8816019
Daniel Boone Area School District20212620
Wilson School District1203351
Kutztown Area School District751280
Wyomissing Area School District1372243
Antietam School District441144
Muhlenberg School District2231927
Oley Valley School District834450
Boyertown Area School District380111627
Reading School District390183570
Exeter Township School District2231885
Brandywine Heights Area School District900331
Schuylkill Valley School District1132283
Fleetwood Area School District1560455
Conrad Weiser Area School District1506428
Tulpehocken Area School District6710280
Governor Mifflin School District17631004
Twin Valley School District1862729

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2008
2 or 4 Year CollegeNon-Degree Granting SchoolOtherSpecialized Associate Degree Program
Pennsylvania69%3%25%3%
Berks County65%3%30%2%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County84%3%12%1%
Lancaster County63%3%30%5%
Lebanon County60%2%34%4%
Lehigh County74%1%24%1%
Montgomery County86%1%11%2%
Schuylkill County63%4%25%8%
School Districts
Conrad Weiser Area School District74%4%19%3%
Tulpehocken Area School District59%6%32%3%
Governor Mifflin School District76%8%16%0%
Twin Valley School District80%0%19%0%
Hamburg Area School District58%12%29%1%
Daniel Boone Area School District63%0%30%6%
Wilson School District72%2%24%2%
Kutztown Area School District67%1%30%1%
Wyomissing Area School District89%0%8%3%
Antietam School District70%6%22%1%
Muhlenberg School District78%3%16%3%
Oley Valley School District77%1%22%0%
Boyertown Area School District68%2%26%4%
Reading School District56%2%39%3%
Exeter Township School District0%0%100%0%
Brandywine Heights Area School District76%1%21%1%
Schuylkill Valley School District76%5%16%3%
Fleetwood Area School District65%3%30%3%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2008
2 or 4 Year CollegeNon-Degree Granting SchoolOtherSpecialized Associate Degree Program
Pennsylvania89,9503,47332,5854,288
Berks County3,0641371,385107
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County4,45314962544
Lancaster County3,1131511,486225
Lebanon County8263046448
Lehigh County2,7195086336
Montgomery County6,749117827137
Schuylkill County92263361117
School Districts
Conrad Weiser Area School District1799477
Tulpehocken Area School District697373
Governor Mifflin School District23625500
Twin Valley School District1891450
Hamburg Area School District11324571
Daniel Boone Area School District15817515
Wilson School District1274433
Kutztown Area School District962432
Wyomissing Area School District1310125
Antietam School District696221
Muhlenberg School District2057437
Oley Valley School District1121320
Boyertown Area School District3781214422
Reading School District4041127823
Exeter Township School District003170
Brandywine Heights Area School District1071302
Schuylkill Valley School District1238255
Fleetwood Area School District1416656

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