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Students Passing Grade 3 English, 2019


Students Passing Grade 3 English, 2019

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 2019, 58% of students in Berks County scored as proficient or advanced on the PSSA Grade 3 English Language Arts exam, up slightly from 57% in 2018. In contrast, 42% of historically underperforming students in Berks County passed the exam, also up slightly from 41% in 2018. Berks County's 2019 rate for all students and historically underperforming students was below the statewide rates of 62% and 46% respectively.

Among local school districts, Kutztown had the highest 2019 proficiency rate for historically underperforming students at 68%, followed by Wilson at 67%, Schuykill Valley at 65%, and Hamburg, 61%. When looking at all students, Kutztown also had the highest proficiency level (78%), followed by Schuykill Valley and Wilson (both 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 98% 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 (63%) county. Proficiency for historically underperforming students in comparison counties ranged from 45% (in Lehigh) to 54% (in Montgomery), while proficiency for all students ranged from 60% (in Lehigh) to 74% (in Chester).

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, 2019
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania62%46%
Berks County58%42%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County74%48%
Lancaster County65%50%
Lebanon County63%48%
Lehigh County60%45%
Montgomery County73%54%
Schuylkill County64%52%
School Districts
Exeter Township School District62%43%
Fleetwood Area School District66%52%
Governor Mifflin School District70%60%
Hamburg Area School District68%61%
Kutztown Area School District78%68%
Muhlenberg School District53%46%
Antietam School District42%34%
Oley Valley School District72%51%
Boyertown Area School District72%53%
Reading School District29%28%
Brandywine Heights Area School District69%54%
Schuylkill Valley School District77%65%
Conrad Weiser Area School District62%45%
Tulpehocken Area School District76%59%
Twin Valley School District72%56%
Daniel Boone Area School District68%44%
Wilson School District77%67%
Wyomissing Area School District76%54%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of Students Passing Grade 3 English, 2019
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania74,62931,288
Berks County2,5751,136
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County4,056977
Lancaster County3,0341,268
Lebanon County882356
Lehigh County2,2191,052
Montgomery County5,7261,760
Schuylkill County744368
School Districts
Exeter Township School District16748
Fleetwood Area School District9529
Governor Mifflin School District17774
Hamburg Area School District10052
Kutztown Area School District6326
Muhlenberg School District13278
Antietam School District3521
Oley Valley School District8323
Boyertown Area School District331102
Reading School District342329
Brandywine Heights Area School District6626
Schuylkill Valley School District10235
Conrad Weiser Area School District11647
Tulpehocken Area School District6224
Twin Valley School District14955
Daniel Boone Area School District14339
Wilson School District12962
Wyomissing Area School District10223

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%
Muhlenberg School District57%47%
Antietam School District65%61%
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
Muhlenberg School District13972
Antietam School District4931
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 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