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 86% of the 2018 high school cohort in Berks County graduated on time, up 2 percentage points since 2011. This graduation rate was similar to Pennsylvania, which had a 3 percentage point increase during this period.

Some of the lowest 2018 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 67%, and Antietam, 87%. 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 Wyomissing, with a graduation rate of 99%, Oley Valley (98%) and Kutztown and Wilson, both at 97%.

Berks County's 2018 graduation rate was similar to Lebanon and Lehigh County, higher than Chester (84%) and lower than Schuylkill and Lancaster (both 88%) and Montgomery (92%). Chester's graduation rate dropped 2 percentage points since 2011. Schuylkill increased 3 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%
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County86%84%81%84%79%80%83%84%
Lancaster County88%89%90%89%90%91%91%88%
Lebanon County87%86%85%88%86%86%85%85%
Lehigh County84%82%83%85%84%83%87%87%
Montgomery County93%92%93%93%94%94%93%92%
Schuylkill County85%85%88%87%88%89%90%88%
School Districts
Daniel Boone Area School District89%89%88%84%90%90%88%92%
Muhlenberg School District84%92%91%91%93%93%93%92%
Reading School District61%61%67%71%62%70%67%67%
Antietam School District90%78%87%92%90%85%90%87%
Exeter Township School District92%95%94%90%90%92%93%90%
Tulpehocken Area School District95%92%98%93%91%88%88%92%
Boyertown Area School District92%93%92%91%90%93%95%94%
Wilson School District93%91%89%91%91%96%90%97%
Conrad Weiser Area School District87%92%87%85%90%96%93%93%
Hamburg Area School District85%89%89%84%88%89%89%92%
Oley Valley School District91%91%89%86%96%92%94%98%
Schuylkill Valley School District98%97%90%96%97%95%93%91%
Fleetwood Area School District96%92%93%95%88%96%97%96%
Twin Valley School District91%80%89%90%93%91%92%89%
Brandywine Heights Area School District90%89%93%87%93%92%94%94%
Governor Mifflin School District90%88%90%89%91%91%90%89%
Wyomissing Area School District93%97%97%96%94%97%98%99%
Kutztown Area School District95%88%93%91%90%93%94%97%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Number of High School Graduates
Berks County4,6354,5334,5344,4494,2844,4224,4874,663
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County6,2386,3586,7326,8806,7536,4406,5566,803
Lancaster County4,8244,8614,7314,7294,5754,6984,7384,909
Lebanon County1,2701,2221,2761,1871,2131,2501,2091,241
Lehigh County3,5563,3993,3483,3813,2183,4203,5653,655
Montgomery County7,6487,9087,8977,7017,6557,7057,7847,829
Schuylkill County1,3761,3071,3351,2651,2371,2271,1781,263
School Districts
Daniel Boone Area School District275266244243270252271285
Muhlenberg School District265284247244261279302253
Reading School District737716723765642700702743
Antietam School District7276605766556178
Exeter Township School District315316302305319323311318
Tulpehocken Area School District134129114113779196103
Boyertown Area School District529526523541469486533520
Wilson School District165141147157156153149167
Conrad Weiser Area School District212233200185196215192223
Hamburg Area School District174183181167152154158165
Oley Valley School District149150127120164115123140
Schuylkill Valley School District178145151149147144142143
Fleetwood Area School District180193186195172216198189
Twin Valley School District212203253239202215244263
Brandywine Heights Area School District150138139127103145116104
Governor Mifflin School District355286330256280277271309
Wyomissing Area School District115155157134144138160166
Kutztown Area School District14411112912510499102108

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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 Decreasing
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Increasing
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 Increasing
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
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 Increasing
Students in K-6 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 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 Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing