ERIC Number: ED479209
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Education Watch: Pennsylvania. Key Education Facts and Figures. Achievement, Attainment and Opportunity. From Elementary School through College.
Education Trust, Washington, DC.
This document presents state-level data on Pennsylvania's K-college education, including demographic distribution across each educational level, participation and success in Advanced Placement, percentage of students taking high-level courses, school funding gaps, and high school and college graduation rates. In 2002, 57 percent of all 5th graders were proficient or above in reading, with significantly more white than black 4th graders at this level. In the same year, 52 percent of all 8th graders were proficient or above in mathematics, with significantly more white than black 8th graders proficient or above. Pennsylvania did not participate in either the 4th grade reading or 8th grade mathematics National Assessment of Educational Progress. African American students are underrepresented in Advanced Placement (AP) test taking and in enrollment in gifted and talented programs. About 47 percent of Pennsylvania high school students enroll in college, compared to 54 percent nationwide. White students graduate from the state college at a significantly higher rate than students from other groups, followed by Asian Americans. Over one in five Pennsylvania secondary classes are taught by teachers lacking a major or minor in the field. Districts with higher child poverty rates, and those with higher minority enrollments, have the fewest state and local dollars to spend per student. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Advanced Placement, Black Students, Educational Attainment, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Graduation, Hispanic American Students, Low Income Groups, Minority Groups, Postsecondary Education, Poverty, Racial Differences, Special Needs Students, State Aid, State Standards, White Students
Education Trust, Inc. Web site: http://www.edtrust.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Trust, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress