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Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2019


Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2019

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 2019, 52% of students in Berks County scored as proficient or advanced on the PSSA Grade 3 Math exam, higher than in 2018 at 48%. In comparison, 35% of historically underperforming students in Berks County passed the exam, up from 31% in 2018. Berks County's 2019 proficiency rate was below the statewide rate for both groups (which was 56% for all students and 39% for all students).

Among local school districts, Twin Valley had the highest 2019 proficiency rate for both groups with 76% for all students and 64% for historically underperforming students, followed by Brandywine Heights Area (73% for all, 62% for historically underperforming) and Hamburg (70% for all, 58% for historically underperforming). Reading had the lowest proficiency rate at 19% proficiency for all students and for historically underperforming. Reading also had the highest share of historically underperforming students at 98% 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. Proficiency for historically underperforming students in comparison counties ranged from 41% (in Lebanon) to 47% (in Montgomery), while proficiency for all students ranged from 54% (in Schuylkill) to 68% (in Chester and 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, 2019
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania56%39%
Berks County52%35%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County68%42%
Lancaster County59%44%
Lebanon County57%41%
Lehigh County56%42%
Montgomery County68%47%
Schuylkill County54%43%
School Districts
Reading School District19%19%
Boyertown Area School District69%52%
Schuylkill Valley School District69%52%
Brandywine Heights Area School District73%62%
Tulpehocken Area School District70%55%
Conrad Weiser Area School District61%43%
Twin Valley School District76%64%
Wilson School District69%56%
Daniel Boone Area School District64%40%
Wyomissing Area School District60%33%
Exeter Township School District53%29%
Fleetwood Area School District66%52%
Governor Mifflin School District57%44%
Hamburg Area School District70%58%
Kutztown Area School District63%58%
Antietam School District34%29%
Muhlenberg School District46%41%
Oley Valley School District65%51%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2019
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania67,53826,925
Berks County2,310960
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County3,739850
Lancaster County2,7411,123
Lebanon County803307
Lehigh County2,068971
Montgomery County5,3071,521
Schuylkill County629305
School Districts
Reading School District234224
Boyertown Area School District318100
Schuylkill Valley School District9530
Brandywine Heights Area School District6929
Tulpehocken Area School District5722
Conrad Weiser Area School District11345
Twin Valley School District15763
Wilson School District11552
Daniel Boone Area School District13235
Wyomissing Area School District8114
Exeter Township School District14232
Fleetwood Area School District9529
Governor Mifflin School District14354
Hamburg Area School District10149
Kutztown Area School District5122
Antietam School District2818
Muhlenberg School District11670
Oley Valley School District7322

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%
Reading School District17%17%
Boyertown Area School District61%41%
Schuylkill Valley School District48%29%
Brandywine Heights Area School District50%37%
Tulpehocken Area School District74%57%
Conrad Weiser Area School District50%35%
Twin Valley School District63%40%
Wilson School District64%53%
Daniel Boone Area School District53%32%
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
Reading School District227227
Boyertown Area School District34587
Schuylkill Valley School District7314
Brandywine Heights Area School District4913
Tulpehocken Area School District7025
Conrad Weiser Area School District8726
Twin Valley School District14429
Wilson School District10741
Daniel Boone Area School District13228
Wyomissing Area School District8316

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