Children And Education
Student Performance on Grade 3 Math

Decreasing


Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2021

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 does our county compare?

In 2021, 50% of students in Lancaster County and 20% of Lancaster City School District students scored as proficient or advanced on the PSSA Grade 3 Math exam, down from 59% in the County and 37% in the District in 2019. In comparison, 32% of historically underperforming students in Lancaster County and 17% of historically underperforming students in the Lancaster City School District passed the exam, down from 44% in the County and 35% in the District in 2019. Lancaster County's 2021 proficiency rate was above the statewide rate for both groups (which was 47% for all students and 29% for historically underperforming students).

Compared with surrounding counties, Lancaster County has the third highest proficiency rate among all students following Chester (59%) and Cumberland (55%) and the second highest performance rate among historically underperforming students following Cumberland County at 34%. Lancaster County's share of historically underperforming students in third grade (32%) is higher than Chester (31%), York (30%), Lebanon and Berks (both at 22%), and Dauphin (21%).

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.

The Spring 2020 PSSA was cancelled in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 2021 PSSA results were delayed. 2021 results may not reflect representative samples of the schools' students. Cross-year comparisons of proficiency are likely to be inaccurate for this reason.

Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2021
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania47%29%
Lancaster County50%32%
School District of Lancaster20%17%
Pequea Valley School District41%30%
Penn Manor School District63%48%
Manheim Township School District70%50%
Manheim Central School District53%38%
Lampeter-Strasburg School District64%42%
Hempfield School District53%32%
Ephrata Area School District58%46%
Solanco School District38%21%
Eastern Lancaster County School District39%30%
Donegal School District47%26%
Warwick School District54%37%
Elizabethtown Area School District65%45%
Conestoga Valley School District49%29%
Columbia Borough School District21%14%
Cocalico School District59%42%
Dauphin County39%21%
Berks County40%22%
Chester County59%31%
Cumberland County55%34%
York County48%30%
Lebanon County40%22%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2021
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania43,37113,619
Lancaster County1,972661
School District of Lancaster11289
Pequea Valley School District3919
Penn Manor School District23590
Manheim Township School District26163
Manheim Central School District9126
Lampeter-Strasburg School District12425
Hempfield School District21659
Ephrata Area School District14466
Solanco School District7622
Eastern Lancaster County School District7629
Donegal School District8324
Warwick School District12631
Elizabethtown Area School District14841
Conestoga Valley School District12436
Columbia Borough School District158
Cocalico School District10233
Dauphin County865279
Berks County1,251371
Chester County2,657464
Cumberland County1,089288
York County1,997597
Lebanon County524152

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




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