Children And Education
Student Performance on Grade 8 English

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Students Passing Grade 8 English, 2019

What does this measure?

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

The middle school reading examination serves as a checkpoint for high school preparation. Performance on this exam can help predict high school success in reading. 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, 60% of students in Lancaster County and 26% of students in the Lancaster City School District passed the PSSA Grade 8 English Language Arts exam, down from 65% in the County and 35% in the District in 2018. In contrast, 37% of historically underperforming students in Lancaster County and 23% of historically underperforming students in the Lancaster City School District passed the exam, down from 45% in the County and 33% in the District in 2018. Lancaster County's 2019 rate for all students was slightly higher than the statewide rate of 58%. Its rate for historically underperforming students was slightly below the statewide rate of 38%.

When compared with surrounding counties, Lancaster County has the third highest proficiency rate among all students following Cumberland (70%) and Chester (69%) and the fourth highest performance rate among historically underperforming students following Cumberland (45%), Chester and York (both 40%). Lancaster County's share of historically underperforming students in eighth grade (48%) is similar to Lebanon and York (both 49%), lower than Berks (57%) and Dauphin (55%), and higher than Cumberland (36%) and Chester (34%).

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 8 English, 2019
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania58%38%
Lancaster County60%37%
School District of Lancaster26%23%
Hempfield School District71%48%
Ephrata Area School District55%37%
Elizabethtown Area School District69%44%
Lampeter-Strasburg School District76%48%
Eastern Lancaster County School District64%42%
Donegal School District66%41%
Manheim Central School District66%34%
Conestoga Valley School District67%42%
Columbia Borough School District37%33%
Manheim Township School District75%49%
Cocalico School District61%40%
Penn Manor School District68%49%
Pequea Valley School District65%48%
Solanco School District56%37%
Warwick School District62%35%
La Academia Partnership Charter School18%18%
Lebanon County58%36%
York County59%40%
Dauphin County52%34%
Cumberland County70%45%
Chester County69%40%
Berks County50%30%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of Students Passing Grade 8 English, 2019
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania71,50824,155
Lancaster County2,742823
School District of Lancaster153124
Hempfield School District34799
Ephrata Area School District15954
Elizabethtown Area School District19443
Lampeter-Strasburg School District17735
Eastern Lancaster County School District13240
Donegal School District13534
Manheim Central School District13823
Conestoga Valley School District19453
Columbia Borough School District2917
Manheim Township School District30266
Cocalico School District14241
Penn Manor School District25787
Pequea Valley School District5321
Solanco School District15549
Warwick School District16730
La Academia Partnership Charter School77
Lebanon County823249
York County2,896956
Dauphin County1,543552
Cumberland County1,562364
Chester County4,346864
Berks County2,447850

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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