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Students Passing Grade 8 Math, 2018


Students Passing Grade 8 Math, 2018

What does this measure?

The percentage of students considered proficient or advanced on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) Grade 8 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?

The middle school math examination serves as a checkpoint for high school preparation. Performance on this exam can help predict high school success in math. 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, 29% of students in Berks County passed the PSSA Grade 8 Math exam, down from 33% in 2017. In 2018, 11% of historically underperforming students in Berks County passed the exam, down from 15% in 2017. Berks' historically underperforming eighth graders made up 54% of all eighth graders tested. Berks County's 2018 proficiency rate was slightly lower than statewide rates of 15% for historically underperforming and 31% for all students.

Local school districts with higher proficiency rates for students overall included Boyertown Area (50%), followed by Fleetwood Area at 46% and Olley Valley at 45%. Local school districts with higher proficiency rates for historically underperforming students included Boyertown Area, at 29% followed by Schuykill Valley at 27%, and Conread Weiser and Kutztown, at 21%. Reading had the lowest proficiency rates, at 3% for all students and 2% for historically underperforming students (historically underperforming students were 97% of eighth graders tested).

Berks County's proficiency rate for historically underperforming students was similar to to Schuylkill (11%), and somewhat lower than Lehigh (13%), Lebanon (14%), and Chester (15%). It was lower than Lancaster (18%) and Montgomery (21%). For all students, Berks County's proficiency rate was higher than Schuylkill (20%), but lower than Lebanon (30%), Lehigh (30%), Lancaster (36%), Chester (41%) and Montgomery (44%). Berks' share of historically underperforming students in eighth grade was the same as Lehigh (54%) but higher than all other comparison counties including Chester (35%), Montgomery (37%), Lebanon (46%), Schuylkill (48%) and Lancaster (49%).

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 8 Math, 2018
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania31%15%
Berks County29%11%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County41%15%
Lancaster County36%18%
Lebanon County30%14%
Lehigh County30%13%
Montgomery County44%21%
Schuylkill County20%11%
School Districts
Daniel Boone Area School District41%14%
Wilson School District32%19%
Wyomissing Area School District31%11%
Exeter Township School District40%13%
Fleetwood Area School District46%19%
Governor Mifflin School District23%13%
Hamburg Area School District22%10%
Kutztown Area School District35%21%
Antietam School District11%5%
Muhlenberg School District23%19%
Oley Valley School District45%18%
Boyertown Area School District50%29%
Reading School District3%2%
Brandywine Heights Area School District25%8%
Schuylkill Valley School District45%27%
Conrad Weiser Area School District30%21%
Tulpehocken Area School District32%13%
Twin Valley School District36%15%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of Students Passing Grade 8 Math, 2018
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania38,6829,913
Berks County1,393299
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County2,678346
Lancaster County1,702418
Lebanon County41388
Lehigh County1,142261
Montgomery County3,398613
Schuylkill County26773
School Districts
Daniel Boone Area School District10513
Wilson School District5521
Wyomissing Area School District468
Exeter Township School District12113
Fleetwood Area School District8814
Governor Mifflin School District7723
Hamburg Area School District388
Kutztown Area School District369
Antietam School District92
Muhlenberg School District6940
Oley Valley School District517
Boyertown Area School District26351
Reading School District2824
Brandywine Heights Area School District284
Schuylkill Valley School District7517
Conrad Weiser Area School District5015
Tulpehocken Area School District306
Twin Valley School District9413

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Students Passing Grade 8 Math, 2015
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania30%14%
Berks County30%12%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County41%13%
Lancaster County34%16%
Lebanon County28%14%
Lehigh County27%10%
Montgomery County45%23%
Schuylkill County18%8%
School Districts
Daniel Boone Area School District30%8%
Wilson School District31%23%
Wyomissing Area School District44%15%
Exeter Township School District39%19%
Fleetwood Area School District30%10%
Governor Mifflin School District35%27%
Hamburg Area School District31%20%
Kutztown Area School District23%0%
Antietam School District12%6%
Muhlenberg School District21%13%
Oley Valley School District37%24%
Boyertown Area School District43%22%
Reading School District2%2%
Brandywine Heights Area School District25%8%
Schuylkill Valley School District50%33%
Conrad Weiser Area School District39%15%
Tulpehocken Area School District28%12%
Twin Valley School District50%28%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of Students Passing Grade 8 Math, 2015
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania38,4008,759
Berks County1,426290
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County2,733320
Lancaster County1,683360
Lebanon County37793
Lehigh County1,029206
Montgomery County3,647633
Schuylkill County23760
School Districts
Daniel Boone Area School District887
Wilson School District4817
Wyomissing Area School District659
Exeter Township School District11820
Fleetwood Area School District626
Governor Mifflin School District11139
Hamburg Area School District5616
Kutztown Area School District260
Antietam School District72
Muhlenberg School District5719
Oley Valley School District499
Boyertown Area School District22734
Reading School District2424
Brandywine Heights Area School District294
Schuylkill Valley School District7515
Conrad Weiser Area School District7611
Tulpehocken Area School District296
Twin Valley School District12926

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 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