This is 1997 data--please see Quality Counts '98REPORT CARD

PENNSYLVANIA

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Student Achievement
(NAEP scores out of 100%)

Proficient readers 4th grade: 30 percent

Proficient in Math 8th grade: 22 percent
Standards and Assessments:  B+
Quality of Teaching:  C+
School Climate:  D
Resources

Adequacy:  B+

Equity:  C+

Allocation:  C
COMMENT: More heat than light in education debates. Conservative politicians pressing hard for vouchers, privatization. Funding formula being litigated, as nearly half of districts sue over inequity. More coherent improvement programs in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh than in the state as a whole.

OTHER INFORMATION:
Population: 12.072 million
Public school districts: 500
Public schools: 3,120
Children in poverty: 17%
Single parent families: 22%
Annual K-12 spending: $12.071 billion

K-12 enrollment: 1.766 million
  • Minority: 19%
  • Pupils with disabilities: 10%
  • Urban: 17%
  • Suburbs and large towns: 39%
  • Rural and small towns: 44%
  • This report card is part of Quality Counts, a special report from Education Week on the Web.

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