Children And Education
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math

Decreasing


Students Passing Grade 8 Math, 2021

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 does our county compare?

In 2021, 25% of students in Lancaster County and 3% of Lancaster City School District passed the PSSA Grade 8 Math exam, down 12 percentage point for the County and down 7 percentage points for the District since 2019. In contrast, 11% of historically underperforming students in Lancaster County and 2% of historically underperforming students in the Lancaster City School District passed the exam in 2021, a decrease of 7 percentage points in the County and 6 percentage points in the District from 2019. Lancaster County's 2021 proficiency rates were slightly higher than statewide rates of 9% for historically underperforming and 22% for all students.

Lancaster County has the third-highest proficiency rate among all students, following Chester (29%) and Cumberland (26%), and the highest performance rate among historically underperforming students. Lancaster County's share of historically underperforming students in eighth grade (11%) is similar to Chester and York (both 9%), and higher than Berks and Cumberland (both at 7%), and Lebanon and Dauphin (both at 6%).

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 8 Math, 2021
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania22%9%
Lancaster County25%11%
School District of Lancaster3%2%
Hempfield School District43%27%
Ephrata Area School District24%12%
Elizabethtown Area School District24%11%
Lampeter-Strasburg School District33%11%
Eastern Lancaster County School District23%10%
Donegal School District27%14%
Manheim Central School District27%7%
Conestoga Valley School District37%18%
Columbia Borough School District0%0%
Manheim Township School District30%12%
Cocalico School District29%18%
Penn Manor School District42%26%
Pequea Valley School District16%7%
Solanco School District15%10%
Warwick School District17%4%
La Academia Partnership Charter School0%0%
Lebanon County21%6%
York County21%9%
Dauphin County15%6%
Cumberland County26%7%
Chester County29%9%
Berks County18%7%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of Students Passing Grade 8 Math, 2021
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania18,8413,601
Lancaster County938202
School District of Lancaster138
Hempfield School District15142
Ephrata Area School District6516
Elizabethtown Area School District518
Lampeter-Strasburg School District657
Eastern Lancaster County School District418
Donegal School District4411
Manheim Central School District485
Conestoga Valley School District8921
Columbia Borough School District00
Manheim Township School District10714
Cocalico School District5414
Penn Manor School District11231
Pequea Valley School District154
Solanco School District319
Warwick School District524
La Academia Partnership Charter School00
Lebanon County28138
York County848176
Dauphin County29365
Cumberland County49556
Chester County1,037105
Berks County47195

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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