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High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2018


High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2018

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 2018, 65% of high school graduates in Berks County planned to attend college at either a 2- or 4-year program. The Berks' rate in 2018 was slightly lower than the state rate of 68% and the same as in 2008. The state saw a decrease of 1 percentage point (69% to 68% in that same time period).

Wilson 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 Wilson, 75% or more of graduates in the following districts planned to attend college upon graduation: Wyomissing, Antietam and Daniel Boone Area. The lowest college-bound rates were in Tulpehocken Area, where only 52% 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 (83%), Chester (77%) and Lehigh (71%) counties. Berks had a larger share of college-bound graduates than Schuylkill (62%), Lancaster (60%), and Lebanon (61%) 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, 2018
2 or 4 Year CollegeNon-Degree Granting SchoolOtherSpecialized Associate Degree Program
Pennsylvania68%2%28%2%
Berks County65%2%31%2%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County77%3%19%1%
Lancaster County60%1%35%4%
Lebanon County61%3%35%2%
Lehigh County71%2%26%1%
Montgomery County83%1%16%1%
Schuylkill County62%3%32%3%
School Districts
Antietam School District77%1%21%0%
Muhlenberg School District65%0%32%2%
Oley Valley School District72%8%20%0%
Boyertown Area School District70%1%27%2%
Reading School District55%1%40%4%
Exeter Township School District70%2%27%1%
Brandywine Heights Area School District63%0%34%3%
Schuylkill Valley School District72%3%21%3%
Fleetwood Area School District63%1%33%4%
Conrad Weiser Area School District68%3%25%4%
Tulpehocken Area School District52%4%45%0%
Twin Valley School District65%2%29%4%
Governor Mifflin School District69%2%28%2%
Daniel Boone Area School District75%2%23%0%
Wilson School District83%1%15%1%
Hamburg Area School District54%0%40%6%
Wyomissing Area School District78%1%20%1%
Kutztown Area School District68%9%23%0%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2018
2 or 4 Year CollegeNon-Degree Granting SchoolOtherSpecialized Associate Degree Program
Pennsylvania85,0692,67235,5672,438
Berks County3,168861,534107
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County5,5791881,36796
Lancaster County3,031711,799192
Lebanon County7853645023
Lehigh County2,752781,02140
Montgomery County6,711781,25441
Schuylkill County8123842241
School Districts
Antietam School District651180
Muhlenberg School District1730866
Oley Valley School District10311290
Boyertown Area School District378514810
Reading School District442532036
Exeter Township School District2338902
Brandywine Heights Area School District720393
Schuylkill Valley School District1054315
Fleetwood Area School District1211638
Conrad Weiser Area School District16576210
Tulpehocken Area School District584500
Twin Valley School District18468211
Governor Mifflin School District2256915
Daniel Boone Area School District2195680
Wilson School District1411252
Hamburg Area School District9206810
Wyomissing Area School District1342341
Kutztown Area School District7710260

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
Daniel Boone Area School District63%0%30%6%
Wilson School District72%2%24%2%
Hamburg Area School District58%12%29%1%
Wyomissing Area School District89%0%8%3%
Kutztown Area School District67%1%30%1%
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%
Conrad Weiser Area School District74%4%19%3%
Tulpehocken Area School District59%6%32%3%
Twin Valley School District80%0%19%0%
Governor Mifflin School District76%8%16%0%

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
Daniel Boone Area School District15817515
Wilson School District1274433
Hamburg Area School District11324571
Wyomissing Area School District1310125
Kutztown Area School District962432
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
Conrad Weiser Area School District1799477
Tulpehocken Area School District697373
Twin Valley School District1891450
Governor Mifflin School District23625500

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 Decreasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population ratio Increasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Decreasing
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
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 Decreasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Decreasing
Student Performance on High School English Decreasing
Student Performance on High School Math Maintaining
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Decreasing
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 Decreasing
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 Decreasing
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 Increasing
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