Children And Education
Student Performance on Grade 3 English

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Student Performance on 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 does our county compare?

In 2019, 65% of students in Lancaster County and 42% of Lancaster City School District scored as proficient or advanced on the PSSA Grade 3 English Language Arts exam, down slightly from 69% in the County and 47% in the District in 2018. In contrast, 50% of historically underperforming students in Lancaster County and 41% of historically underperforming students in the Lancaster City School District passed the exam, down from 54% in the County and 47% in the District in 2018. Lancaster County's 2019 rate for all students and historically underperforming students was above the statewide rates of 62% and 46% respectively.

Compared with surrounding counties, Lancaster County has the third highest proficiency rate among all students following Chester (74%) and Cumberland (72%) and the second highest performance rate among historically underperforming students following Cumberland County at 51%. Lancaster County's share of historically underperforming students in third grade (55%) is lower than Dauphin (62%) and Berks (61%) and higher than Lebanon (53%), York (52%), Cumberland (41%), and Chester (37%).

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.

Student Performance on Grade 3 English, 2019
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania62%46%
Lancaster County65%50%
School District of Lancaster42%41%
Pequea Valley School District62%47%
Penn Manor School District75%61%
Manheim Township School District82%61%
Manheim Central School District65%47%
Lampeter-Strasburg School District82%65%
Hempfield School District70%54%
Ephrata Area School District61%49%
Solanco School District67%54%
Eastern Lancaster County School District62%48%
Donegal School District70%57%
Warwick School District67%46%
Elizabethtown Area School District72%56%
Conestoga Valley School District59%41%
Columbia Borough School District53%38%
Cocalico School District76%58%
Dauphin County54%37%
Berks County58%42%
Chester County74%48%
Cumberland County72%51%
York County63%47%
Lebanon County63%48%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of Students Passing Grade 3 English, 2019
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania74,62931,288
Lancaster County3,0341,268
School District of Lancaster303286
Pequea Valley School District7234
Penn Manor School District313136
Manheim Township School District34296
Manheim Central School District13441
Lampeter-Strasburg School District14744
Hempfield School District363130
Ephrata Area School District18184
Solanco School District14458
Eastern Lancaster County School District12044
Donegal School District15559
Warwick School District19553
Elizabethtown Area School District18459
Conestoga Valley School District16761
Columbia Borough School District5326
Cocalico School District16157
Dauphin County1,490644
Berks County2,5751,136
Chester County4,056977
Cumberland County1,530441
York County3,0251,159
Lebanon County882356

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




INDICATORS TREND
Prekindergarten Participation Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance in Grade 11 English Not Applicable
Student Performance in Grade 11 Math Not Applicable
Per-Student Spending Not Applicable
Students Receiving Special Education Services Not Applicable
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Not Applicable
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Enrollment in Local Colleges Not Applicable
College Graduation Rates Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Average Charitable Giving Not Applicable
Voter Registration Rate Not Applicable
Voter Participation Rate Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Violent Crime Rate Not Applicable
Incarceration Rate Not Applicable
Incarceration Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population Density Not Applicable
Air Quality Not Applicable
Water Use Not Applicable
Waterways Impaired by Pollution Not Applicable
Population by Age Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People with Disabilities Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Not Applicable
Language Diversity Not Applicable
Change in Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Workers by Occupation Not Applicable
Change in Labor Force Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 Not Applicable
Female to Male Earnings Ratio Not Applicable
Employer Size Not Applicable
Change in Number of Businesses by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Total Agricultural Sales Not Applicable
Spending for Local Government Not Applicable
Spending for School Districts Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Not Applicable
Children in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Veterans Living in Poverty Not Applicable
Working Poor Not Applicable
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Receiving Temporary Assistance Not Applicable
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Not Applicable
Median Home Value Not Applicable
Occupied Housing Units Not Applicable
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Rent Not Applicable
Cost of Renting Not Applicable
Households Without Vehicles Not Applicable
Means of Transportation to Work, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Not Applicable
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Health Status Not Applicable
Prevalence of Mental Illness Not Applicable
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Mortality Rates Not Applicable
Fatal Drug Overdoses Not Applicable
Cancer Incidence Not Applicable
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
High-Tech Jobs Not Applicable
STEM Graduates Not Applicable
Science and Engineering Research and Development Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Incarceration Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable


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