High School Cohort Graduation Rate

High School Cohort Graduation Rate

What does this measure?

The number of students graduating after four years of high school, expressed as a percentage of their cohort. A cohort is a class of ninth-graders beginning high school in the same academic year.

Why is this important?

High school graduation is the culmination of a successful K-12 education and the gateway to college or employment. Students who do not graduate face the prospect of unemployment or low-paying jobs.

How is our county performing?

About 87% of the 2020 high school cohort in Berks County graduated on time, up 3 percentage points since 2011. This graduation rate was similar to Pennsylvania, which had a 4 percentage point increase during this period.

Some of the lowest 2020 graduation rates were in districts with high rates of students who were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, a measure of students' socioeconomic status. These included Reading, with a graduation rate of 71%, and Antietam, 84%. The highest graduation rates were in districts where between a quarter and one-third of students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. These included Fleetwood, Schuylkill, Twin Valley, Tulpehocken, all with a graduation rate of 95%, Hamburg and Oley Valley (95%) and Hamburg and Oley Valley, both at 95%.

Berks County's 2020 graduation rate was similar to Lebanon, higher than Chester (86%) and lower than Schuylkill (91%), Montgomery (93%) and Lehigh (89%). Chester and Montgomery graduation rates were the same as 2011. Schuylkill increased 6 points during the same period.

Notes about the data

Students are included in the cohort based on the year they entered Grade 9. Students are transferred in or out of cohorts if they transfer schools. Students who earn a GED or Certificate of Attainment are not counted as graduates.

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High School Cohort Graduation Rate
Berks County84%83%85%84%84%87%86%86%87%87%
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County86%84%81%84%79%80%83%84%85%86%
Lancaster County88%89%90%89%90%91%91%88%89%89%
Lebanon County87%86%85%88%86%86%85%85%85%88%
Lehigh County84%82%83%85%84%83%87%87%87%89%
Montgomery County93%92%93%93%94%94%93%92%93%93%
Schuylkill County85%85%88%87%88%89%90%88%88%91%
School Districts
Antietam School District90%78%87%92%90%85%90%87%79%84%
Boyertown Area School District92%93%92%91%90%93%95%94%93%93%
Brandywine Heights Area School District90%89%93%87%93%92%94%94%89%89%
Conrad Weiser Area School District87%92%87%85%90%96%93%93%88%94%
Daniel Boone Area School District89%89%88%84%90%90%88%92%96%93%
Exeter Township School District92%95%94%90%90%92%93%90%89%93%
Fleetwood Area School District96%92%93%95%88%96%97%96%96%96%
Governor Mifflin School District90%88%90%89%91%91%90%89%91%91%
Hamburg Area School District85%89%89%84%88%89%89%92%95%95%
Kutztown Area School District95%88%93%91%90%93%94%97%93%89%
Muhlenberg School District84%92%91%91%93%93%93%92%91%92%
Oley Valley School District91%91%89%86%96%92%94%98%95%95%
Reading School District61%61%67%71%62%70%67%67%71%71%
Schuylkill Valley School District98%97%90%96%97%95%93%91%94%96%
Tulpehocken Area School District95%92%98%93%91%88%88%92%92%96%
Twin Valley School District91%80%89%90%93%91%92%89%91%96%
Wilson School District93%91%89%91%91%96%90%97%96%93%
Wyomissing Area School District93%97%97%96%94%97%98%99%94%92%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Number of High School Graduates
Berks County4,6354,5334,5344,4494,2844,4224,4874,6634,5394,601
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County6,2386,3586,7326,8806,7536,4406,5566,8036,7556,705
Lancaster County4,8244,8614,7314,7294,5754,6984,7384,9094,7804,584
Lebanon County1,2701,2221,2761,1871,2131,2501,2091,2411,2711,283
Lehigh County3,5563,3993,3483,3813,2183,4203,5653,6553,7163,763
Montgomery County7,6487,9087,8977,7017,6557,7057,7847,8298,0077,861
Schuylkill County1,3761,3071,3351,2651,2371,2271,1781,2631,2441,233
School Districts
Antietam School District72766057665561785561
Boyertown Area School District529526523541469486533520501477
Brandywine Heights Area School District150138139127103145116104113108
Conrad Weiser Area School District212233200185196215192223182205
Daniel Boone Area School District275266244243270252271285282254
Exeter Township School District315316302305319323311318279306
Fleetwood Area School District180193186195172216198189192205
Governor Mifflin School District355286330256280277271309311294
Hamburg Area School District174183181167152154158165164173
Kutztown Area School District1441111291251049910210810699
Muhlenberg School District265284247244261279302253269288
Oley Valley School District149150127120164115123140140129
Reading School District737716723765642700702743806838
Schuylkill Valley School District178145151149147144142143134139
Tulpehocken Area School District134129114113779196103100114
Twin Valley School District212203253239202215244263256250
Wilson School District165141147157156153149167161158
Wyomissing Area School District115155157134144138160166147157

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in K-6 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
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
Population by Age Not Applicable
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Maintaining
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households by type Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Seniors Living Alone Maintaining
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
Employment to Population ratio Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
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
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Enrollment in Local Colleges Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income Increasing
Health Status Not Applicable
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
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
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
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Toxic Chemical Releases Decreasing
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing