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Students Passing Grade 8 Math, 2019


Students Passing Grade 8 Math, 2019

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 2019, 29% of students in Berks County passed the PSSA Grade 8 Math exam, the same as in 2018. In 2019, 12% of historically underperforming students in Berks County passed the exam, up slightly from 11% in 2018. Berks' historically underperforming eighth graders made up 57% of all eighth graders tested. Berks County's 2019 proficiency rate was slightly lower than statewide rates of 15% for historically underperforming and 32% for all students.

Local school districts with higher proficiency rates for students overall included Boyertown Area (55%), followed by Wyomissing Area at 47% and Oley Valley at 44%. Local school districts with higher proficiency rates for historically underperforming students included Oley Valley, at 35% followed by Brandywine Heights at 32%, and Boyertown Area, at 29%. Reading had the lowest proficiency rates, at 3% for all students and 3% for historically underperforming students (historically underperforming students were 98% of eighth graders tested).

Berks County's proficiency rate for historically underperforming students was similar to Schuylkill (13%) and Lehigh (13%), and lower than Lebanon (14%), Chester (17%), Lancaster (18%) and Montgomery (22%). For all students, Berks County's proficiency rate was higher than Schuylkill (25%), but lower than Lebanon (32%), Lehigh (30%), Lancaster (37%), Chester (43%) and Montgomery (46%). Berks' share of historically underperforming students in eighth grade was similar to Schuylkill (56%) and Lehigh (54%) and higher than all other comparison counties including Chester (34%), Montgomery (37%), Lancaster (48%), Lebanon (49%).

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, 2019
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania32%15%
Berks County29%12%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County43%17%
Lancaster County37%18%
Lebanon County32%14%
Lehigh County30%13%
Montgomery County46%22%
Schuylkill County25%13%
School Districts
Reading School District3%3%
Boyertown Area School District55%29%
Schuylkill Valley School District41%28%
Brandywine Heights Area School District40%32%
Tulpehocken Area School District40%22%
Conrad Weiser Area School District36%15%
Twin Valley School District40%18%
Daniel Boone Area School District32%14%
Wilson School District36%17%
Wyomissing Area School District47%15%
Exeter Township School District34%21%
Fleetwood Area School District39%14%
Governor Mifflin School District26%13%
Hamburg Area School District21%10%
Kutztown Area School District41%14%
Muhlenberg School District23%15%
Antietam School District21%8%
Oley Valley School District44%35%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of Students Passing Grade 8 Math, 2019
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania39,6669,732
Berks County1,407331
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County2,698361
Lancaster County1,694385
Lebanon County45698
Lehigh County1,127264
Montgomery County3,558615
Schuylkill County332102
School Districts
Reading School District3736
Boyertown Area School District28351
Schuylkill Valley School District6318
Brandywine Heights Area School District4612
Tulpehocken Area School District389
Conrad Weiser Area School District649
Twin Valley School District8618
Daniel Boone Area School District7813
Wilson School District5615
Wyomissing Area School District617
Exeter Township School District9421
Fleetwood Area School District7810
Governor Mifflin School District8522
Hamburg Area School District317
Kutztown Area School District374
Muhlenberg School District6833
Antietam School District174
Oley Valley School District5620

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 County41%13%
Lancaster County34%16%
Lebanon County28%14%
Lehigh County27%10%
Montgomery County45%23%
Schuylkill County18%8%
School Districts
Reading School District2%2%
Boyertown Area School District43%22%
Schuylkill Valley School District50%33%
Brandywine Heights Area School District25%8%
Tulpehocken Area School District28%12%
Conrad Weiser Area School District39%15%
Twin Valley School District50%28%
Daniel Boone Area School District30%8%
Wilson School District31%23%
Wyomissing Area School District44%15%
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%
Antietam School District12%6%
Oley Valley School District37%24%

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 County2,733320
Lancaster County1,683360
Lebanon County37793
Lehigh County1,029206
Montgomery County3,647633
Schuylkill County23760
School Districts
Reading School District2424
Boyertown Area School District22734
Schuylkill Valley School District7515
Brandywine Heights Area School District294
Tulpehocken Area School District296
Conrad Weiser Area School District7611
Twin Valley School District12926
Daniel Boone Area School District887
Wilson School District4817
Wyomissing Area School District659
Exeter Township School District11820
Fleetwood Area School District626
Governor Mifflin School District11139
Hamburg Area School District5616
Kutztown Area School District260
Muhlenberg School District5719
Antietam School District72
Oley Valley School District499

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 Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
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Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population ratio Decreasing
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People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
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 Maintaining
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 English Decreasing
Student Performance on High School Math Maintaining
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
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People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Health Status Not Applicable
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 Not Applicable
Students in K-6 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Rent Increasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
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 Not Applicable
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 Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing