What does this measure?
The percentage of students considered proficient or advanced on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) Grade 3 English Language Arts and Math exams and reported for the total student population.
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. Third grade is also considered an important milestone in a student's career in terms of reading proficiency and is correlated to whether a student will graduate high school.
How is Erie County doing?
Of Erie County's 3rd grade PSSA testing scores among public schools, the Proficient level averaged 32.1% across the schools in Math, whereas Proficient level averaged 47.4% in Reading. Math and Reading Advanced Proficiency both increased since 2017. Both Math and Reading showed a sharp decrease in Advanced level proficiency in 2015 as a result of that year's newly implemented cut score changes made by the PA State Board of Education, but slowly regaining positive momentum. On average the Suburban and Rural schools showed higher Proficient and Advanced test scores overall.
EVS analyzes the data in each topic category using indicators, which report a targeted and digestible number, rate, or amount to represent Erie County as a whole. While this does not cover every aspect of the topic, it assists in establishing Erie's performance relative to the prior year(s). The indicators for the Education: 3rd Grade Achievement topic are:
This indicator measures the percentage of public school 3rd graders in Erie County achieving proficient and advanced reading standards. The trend for 3rd Graders Achieving Reading Standards is up and better from 2017 to 2018, with a reported increase of +1.2% within the County.
This indicator measures the percentage of public school 3rd graders in Erie County achieving proficient and advanced mathstandards. The trend for 3rd Graders Achieving Math Standards is up and better from 2017 to 2018, with a reported increase of +5.0% within the County.
About this Data
Data from the PA Department of Education as of 2017.
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