Children And Education
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math

Increasing


Students Passing Grade 8 Math, 2019

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 2019, 37% of students in Lancaster County and 10% of Lancaster City School District passed the PSSA Grade 8 Math exam, up 1 percentage point for the County and no change in the District in 2018. In contrast, 18% of historically underperforming students in Lancaster County and 8% of historically underperforming students in the Lancaster City School District passed the exam in 2019, with no change in either the County or the District from 2018. Lancaster County's 2019 proficiency rates were slightly higher than statewide rates of 15% for historically underperforming and 32% for all students.

Lancaster County has the third highest proficiency rate among all students following Chester (43%) and Cumberland (42%) and the second highest performance rate among historically underperforming students following Cumberland (22%). 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 Math, 2019
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania32%15%
Lancaster County37%18%
School District of Lancaster10%8%
Hempfield School District48%25%
Ephrata Area School District37%24%
Elizabethtown Area School District48%25%
Lampeter-Strasburg School District52%26%
Eastern Lancaster County School District39%19%
Donegal School District40%12%
Manheim Central School District46%19%
Conestoga Valley School District44%27%
Columbia Borough School District14%6%
Manheim Township School District51%27%
Cocalico School District33%17%
Penn Manor School District46%28%
Pequea Valley School District34%14%
Solanco School District22%8%
Warwick School District37%21%
La Academia Partnership Charter School0%0%
Lebanon County32%14%
York County33%16%
Dauphin County25%11%
Cumberland County42%22%
Chester County43%17%
Berks County29%12%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of Students Passing Grade 8 Math, 2019
All StudentsHistorically Underperforming
Pennsylvania39,6669,732
Lancaster County1,694385
School District of Lancaster6041
Hempfield School District23551
Ephrata Area School District10534
Elizabethtown Area School District13624
Lampeter-Strasburg School District12019
Eastern Lancaster County School District8118
Donegal School District8110
Manheim Central School District9513
Conestoga Valley School District12734
Columbia Borough School District113
Manheim Township School District20536
Cocalico School District7617
Penn Manor School District17250
Pequea Valley School District286
Solanco School District6111
Warwick School District10118
La Academia Partnership Charter School00
Lebanon County45698
York County1,615396
Dauphin County726176
Cumberland County936173
Chester County2,698361
Berks County1,407331

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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