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Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2018


Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2018

What does this measure?

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

Development of early math skills is an important part of elementary schooling and a foundation for continuing progress in not only math, but also science and related subjects. 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, 48% of students in Berks County scored as proficient or advanced on the PSSA Grade 3 Math exam, lower than in 2017 at 51%. In comparison, 31% of historically underperforming students in Berks County passed the exam, down slightly from 35% in 2017. Berks County's 2018 proficiency rate was below the statewide rate for both groups (which was 54% for all students and 38% for all students).

Among local school districts, Wilson had the highest 2018 proficiency rate for both groups with 74% for all students and 67% for historically underperforming students, followed by Brandywine Heights Area (71% for all, 53% for historically underperforming) and Hamburg (70% for all, 66% for historically underperforming). Reading had the lowest proficiency rate at 18% proficiency for all students and 17% for historically underperforming. Reading also had the highest share of historically underperforming students at 97% of test takers.

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%). Proficiency for historically underperforming students in comparison counties ranged from 37% (in Lebanon and Schuylkill) to 47% (in Montgomery), while proficiency for all students ranged from 51% (in Schuylkill) to 67% (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 Math, 2018
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania54%38%
Berks County48%31%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County66%38%
Lancaster County56%40%
Lebanon County55%37%
Lehigh County55%40%
Montgomery County67%47%
Schuylkill County51%37%
School Districts
Daniel Boone Area School District45%30%
Wilson School District74%67%
Wyomissing Area School District70%54%
Exeter Township School District52%34%
Fleetwood Area School District60%38%
Governor Mifflin School District50%33%
Hamburg Area School District70%66%
Kutztown Area School District66%44%
Antietam School District36%34%
Muhlenberg School District43%35%
Oley Valley School District59%37%
Boyertown Area School District63%45%
Reading School District18%17%
Brandywine Heights Area School District71%53%
Schuylkill Valley School District63%48%
Conrad Weiser Area School District61%41%
Tulpehocken Area School District67%46%
Twin Valley School District65%39%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2018
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania66,30726,774
Berks County2,249874
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County3,857798
Lancaster County2,6471,005
Lebanon County780283
Lehigh County1,938849
Montgomery County5,3361,474
Schuylkill County624259
School Districts
Daniel Boone Area School District9827
Wilson School District9751
Wyomissing Area School District9030
Exeter Township School District14436
Fleetwood Area School District9722
Governor Mifflin School District14451
Hamburg Area School District9153
Kutztown Area School District5012
Antietam School District2619
Muhlenberg School District11364
Oley Valley School District6717
Boyertown Area School District323103
Reading School District226209
Brandywine Heights Area School District7221
Schuylkill Valley School District9226
Conrad Weiser Area School District9028
Tulpehocken Area School District6623
Twin Valley School District15236

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2015
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania49%31%
Berks County46%28%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County62%32%
Lancaster County55%38%
Lebanon County50%32%
Lehigh County48%32%
Montgomery County62%42%
Schuylkill County47%34%
School Districts
Exeter Township School District56%37%
Fleetwood Area School District54%36%
Governor Mifflin School District54%34%
Hamburg Area School District61%39%
Kutztown Area School District48%26%
Antietam School District46%40%
Muhlenberg School District45%33%
Oley Valley School District58%55%
Boyertown Area School District61%41%
Reading School District17%17%
Brandywine Heights Area School District50%37%
Schuylkill Valley School District48%29%
Conrad Weiser Area School District50%35%
Tulpehocken Area School District74%57%
Twin Valley School District63%40%
Daniel Boone Area School District53%32%
Wilson School District64%53%
Wyomissing Area School District68%39%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2015
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania60,77521,733
Berks County2,226778
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County3,754724
Lancaster County2,638918
Lebanon County689232
Lehigh County1,728691
Montgomery County4,8371,312
Schuylkill County646255
School Districts
Exeter Township School District15236
Fleetwood Area School District10028
Governor Mifflin School District13339
Hamburg Area School District9926
Kutztown Area School District409
Antietam School District3521
Muhlenberg School District10951
Oley Valley School District6116
Boyertown Area School District34587
Reading School District227227
Brandywine Heights Area School District4913
Schuylkill Valley School District7314
Conrad Weiser Area School District8726
Tulpehocken Area School District7025
Twin Valley School District14429
Daniel Boone Area School District13228
Wilson School District10741
Wyomissing Area School District8316

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




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