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Students Passing Grade 3 English, 2018


Students Passing Grade 3 English, 2018

What does this measure?

The percentage of students considered proficient or advanced on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) Grade 3 English Language Arts 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?

Early literacy skills are critical to a successful school experience. Third grade is considered an important milestone in a student's career in terms of reading proficiency and is correlated to whether a student will graduate high school. 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 2018, 57% of students in Berks County scored as proficient or advanced on the PSSA Grade 3 English Language Arts exam, down slightly from 60% in 2017, and the same as in 2016. In contrast, 41% of historically underperforming students in Berks County passed the exam, also down slightly from 43% in 2017, and similar to 2015. Berks County's 2018 rate for all students and historically underperforming students was below the statewide rates of 64% and 48% respectively.

Among local school districts, Hamburg Area had the highest 2018 proficiency rate for historically underperforming students at 73%, followed by Wilson at 67% Wyomissing Area , 63%, and Schuykill Valley , 62%. When looking at all students, Hamburg also had the highest proficiency level (79%), followed by Schuykill Valley and Wilson (77%). Reading had the lowest proficiency rate for both groups, at 28% for historically underperforming students and 29% for all students. Reading also had the highest share of historically underperforming students at 97% of its third grade students tested.

Berks County's proficiency rate for both historically underperforming students and its students as a whole was lower than all the comparison counties, despite Berks' share of historically underperforming students being lower than Lehigh (61%) county. Proficiency for historically underperforming students in comparison counties ranged from 47% (in Lehigh) to 55% (in Montgomery), while proficiency for all students ranged from 62% (in Lehigh) to 76% (in Montgomery).

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 3 English, 2018
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania64%48%
Berks County57%41%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County75%50%
Lancaster County69%54%
Lebanon County65%48%
Lehigh County62%47%
Montgomery County76%55%
Schuylkill County65%53%
School Districts
Daniel Boone Area School District58%40%
Wilson School District77%67%
Wyomissing Area School District75%63%
Exeter Township School District67%46%
Fleetwood Area School District66%45%
Governor Mifflin School District67%52%
Hamburg Area School District79%73%
Kutztown Area School District72%52%
Antietam School District53%50%
Muhlenberg School District50%43%
Oley Valley School District74%51%
Boyertown Area School District68%50%
Reading School District29%28%
Brandywine Heights Area School District70%38%
Schuylkill Valley School District77%62%
Conrad Weiser Area School District67%46%
Tulpehocken Area School District68%48%
Twin Valley School District71%54%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of Students Passing Grade 3 English, 2018
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania77,72234,024
Berks County2,6681,130
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County4,3731,051
Lancaster County3,2701,373
Lebanon County934362
Lehigh County2,1901,014
Montgomery County6,0091,747
Schuylkill County802369
School Districts
Daniel Boone Area School District12637
Wilson School District10151
Wyomissing Area School District9635
Exeter Township School District18549
Fleetwood Area School District10726
Governor Mifflin School District19481
Hamburg Area School District10358
Kutztown Area School District5514
Antietam School District3828
Muhlenberg School District13178
Oley Valley School District8323
Boyertown Area School District352113
Reading School District358334
Brandywine Heights Area School District7115
Schuylkill Valley School District11334
Conrad Weiser Area School District9931
Tulpehocken Area School District6724
Twin Valley School District16650

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Students Passing Grade 3 English, 2015
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania62%45%
Berks County60%42%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County73%45%
Lancaster County67%50%
Lebanon County64%45%
Lehigh County61%46%
Montgomery County75%54%
Schuylkill County65%53%
School Districts
Boyertown Area School District74%53%
Reading School District28%28%
Brandywine Heights Area School District69%50%
Schuylkill Valley School District65%40%
Conrad Weiser Area School District67%48%
Tulpehocken Area School District78%64%
Twin Valley School District71%52%
Daniel Boone Area School District71%52%
Wilson School District74%65%
Wyomissing Area School District78%46%
Exeter Township School District73%52%
Fleetwood Area School District74%57%
Governor Mifflin School District75%58%
Hamburg Area School District70%52%
Kutztown Area School District65%54%
Antietam School District65%61%
Muhlenberg School District57%47%
Oley Valley School District70%55%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of Students Passing Grade 3 English, 2015
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania77,59931,356
Berks County2,8781,138
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County4,4511,010
Lancaster County3,2141,183
Lebanon County867323
Lehigh County2,182977
Montgomery County5,8641,690
Schuylkill County895404
School Districts
Boyertown Area School District420113
Reading School District379378
Brandywine Heights Area School District6918
Schuylkill Valley School District9919
Conrad Weiser Area School District11836
Tulpehocken Area School District7428
Twin Valley School District16438
Daniel Boone Area School District17545
Wilson School District12451
Wyomissing Area School District9519
Exeter Township School District19850
Fleetwood Area School District13744
Governor Mifflin School District18667
Hamburg Area School District11435
Kutztown Area School District5419
Antietam School District4931
Muhlenberg School District13972
Oley Valley School District7316

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