Children And Education
Student Performance on Grade 3 Math

Increasing


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 does our county compare?

In 2019, 59% of students in Lancaster County and 37% of Lancaster City School District students scored as proficient or advanced on the PSSA Grade 3 Math exam, up from 56% in the County and 34% in the District in 2018. In comparison, 44% of historically underperforming students in Lancaster County and 35% of historically underperforming students in the Lancaster City School District passed the exam, up from 40% in the County and 33% in the District in 2018. Lancaster County's 2019 proficiency rate was above the statewide rate for both groups (which was 56% for all students and 39% for historically underperforming students).

Compared with surrounding counties, Lancaster County has the third highest proficiency rate among all students following Chester (68%) and Cumberland (65%) and the second highest performance rate among historically underperforming students following Cumberland County at 45%. 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.

Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2019
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania56%39%
Lancaster County59%44%
School District of Lancaster37%35%
Pequea Valley School District44%28%
Penn Manor School District75%62%
Manheim Township School District81%61%
Manheim Central School District44%25%
Lampeter-Strasburg School District75%60%
Hempfield School District64%50%
Ephrata Area School District65%54%
Solanco School District55%44%
Eastern Lancaster County School District59%46%
Donegal School District62%48%
Warwick School District60%37%
Elizabethtown Area School District65%45%
Conestoga Valley School District56%40%
Columbia Borough School District42%31%
Cocalico School District59%39%
Dauphin County47%30%
Berks County52%35%
Chester County68%42%
Cumberland County65%45%
York County57%41%
Lebanon County57%41%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number Students Passing Grade 3 Math, 2019
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania67,53826,925
Lancaster County2,7411,123
School District of Lancaster261245
Pequea Valley School District5120
Penn Manor School District312137
Manheim Township School District33795
Manheim Central School District9022
Lampeter-Strasburg School District13541
Hempfield School District331120
Ephrata Area School District19194
Solanco School District11848
Eastern Lancaster County School District11441
Donegal School District13649
Warwick School District17343
Elizabethtown Area School District16748
Conestoga Valley School District16061
Columbia Borough School District4221
Cocalico School District12338
Dauphin County1,301509
Berks County2,310960
Chester County3,739850
Cumberland County1,393392
York County2,7431,015
Lebanon County803307

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 Maintaining
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 Decreasing
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Violent Crime Rate Maintaining
Incarceration Rate Maintaining
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 Increasing
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 Maintaining
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 Decreasing
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 Maintaining
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 Maintaining
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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