Third Grade Reading Score Comparisons

In our continuing comparisons from SPP information, we will now look at 3rd Grade Reading. Today’s research identifies low reading skills a greater predictor of academic development than socioeconomic status. Studies show a student who can’t read at grade-level, by 3rd Grade, is four times less likely to graduate.

Until 3rd Grade, children are learning to read. After 3rd Grade, children are reading to learn. At least half of all printed 4th Grade curriculum is incomprehensible to a student not reading proficiently.

This is why Pennsylvania singled out 3rd Grade Reading in their School Performance Profiles, separate from a school’s overall Reading/Literature score. It is that important an indicator, and one of the main stated purposes of the SPP profiles is informing the public of how schools are serving our children. Proficient Reading must be seen as a major issue.

I included in this list neighboring Pequea Valley and Solanco High Schools, from Lancaster County.

Elementary School			   3rd Grade Reading
Hillendale El Sch (Unionville-Chadds Ford)	100.00
Hillside El Sch (Tredyffrin-Easttown)		97.60
Pocopson El Sch (Unionville-Chadds Ford)	97.50
West Vincent El Sch (Owen J Roberts)		97.10
New Eagle El Sch (Tredyffrin-Easttown)		96.50
Chadds Ford El Sch (Unionville-Chadds Ford)	96.20
Pickering Valley El Sch (Downingtown)		96.12
General Wayne El Sch (Great Valley)		95.77
Kathryn D. Markley El Sch (Great Valley)	95.28
Unionville El Sch (Unionville-Chadds Ford)	95.24
Westtown-Thornbury El Sch (West Chester)	94.81
Penn Wood El Sch (West Chester)			94.79
Schuylkill El Sch (Phoenixville)		94.00
Charlestown El Sch (Great Valley)		93.75
Uwchlan Hills El Sch (Downingtown)		93.18
Bradford Hgts El Sch (Downingtown)		93.10
East Pikeland El Sch (Phoenixville)		92.75
West Bradford El Sch (Downingtown)		92.55
Devon El Sch (Tredyffrin-Easttown)		91.90
Valley Forge El Sch (Tredyffrin-Easttown)	91.20
Glen Acres El Sch (West Chester)		90.70
East Vincent El Sch (Owen J Roberts)		90.54
East Ward El Sch (Downingtown)			89.90
Mary C Howse El Sch (West Chester)		89.69
Shamona Creek El Sch (Downingtown)		89.02
Brandywine-Wallace El Sch (Downingtown)		88.70
Lionville El Sch (Downingtown)			88.66
East Bradford El Sch (West Chester)		87.88
Hillsdale El Sch (West Chester)			87.25
Exton El Sch (West Chester)			87.10
Bart-Colerain El Sch (Solanco)			87.10
Sarah W Starkweather El Sch (West Chester)	87.04
Sugartown El Sch (Great Valley)			87.00
Beaver Creek El Sch (Downingtown)		86.80
East Goshen El Sch (West Chester)		85.92
Kings Highway El Sch (Coatesville)		85.60
Clermont El Sch (Solanco)			84.21
North Coventry El Sch (Owen J Roberts)		83.91
French Creek El Sch (Owen J Roberts)		83.54
Paradise El Sch (Pequea Valley/Lancaster)	82.86
Fern Hill El Sch (West Chester)			82.35
Barkley El Sch (Phoenixville)			79.52
East Fallowfield El Sch (Coatesville)		77.80
Nottingham Sch (Oxford)				77.29
Providence El Sch (Solanco)			75.67
Friendship El Sch (Coatesville)			75.50
Reeceville El Sch (Coatesville)			74.30
Avon Grove Intrmd Sch				74.20
Salisbury El Sch (Pequea Valley/Lancaster)	73.58
Quarryville El Sch (Solanco)			73.53
New Garden El Sch (Kennett)			72.64
East Coventry El Sch (Owen J Roberts)		72.63
Greenwood El Sch (Kennett)			72.41
Octorara El Sch					72.07
Bancroft El Sch (Kennett)			66.34
Rainbow El Sch (Coatesville)			65.70

Highest Economically Disadvantaged
This list includes all Elementary Schools with a percentage of Economically Disadvantaged Students greater than 25%.

Elementary School		3rd Grade Reading   Econ Dis
Glen Acres El Sch (West Chester)	90.70	     25.44%
Bart-Colerain El Sch (Solanco)		87.10	     37.02%
Kings Highway El Sch (Coatesville)	85.60	     42.96%
Clermont El Sch (Solanco)		84.21	     41.85%
Paradise El Sch (Pequea Valley/Lan...	82.86	     48.26%
Barkley El Sch (Phoenixville)		79.52	     46.85%
East Fallowfield El Sch (Coatesville)	77.80	     45.69%
Nottingham Sch (Oxford)			77.29	     42.40%
Providence El Sch (Solanco)		75.67	     45.04%
Friendship El Sch (Coatesville)		75.50	     50.85%
Reeceville El Sch (Coatesville)		74.30	     60.93%
Salisbury El Sch (Pequea Valley/Lan...	73.58	     40.00%
Quarryville El Sch (Solanco)		73.53	     35.40%
New Garden El Sch (Kennett)		72.64	     36.67%
Greenwood El Sch (Kennett)		72.41	     33.77%
Octorara El Sch				72.07	     34.96%
Bancroft El Sch (Kennett)		66.34	     50.37%
Rainbow El Sch (Coatesville)		65.70	     60.00%

Highest Special Education
Below are the High Schools with a percentage of Special Education Students greater than 15%.

Elementary School		3rd Grade Reading   Spec Ed
Barkley El Sch (Phoenixville)		79.52	     23.42%
Friendship El Sch (Coatesville)		75.50	     21.30%
Uwchlan Hills El Sch (Downingtown)	93.18	     21.15%
Reeceville El Sch (Coatesville)		74.30	     19.06%
Unionville El Sch (Unionville-Chadd...	95.24	     17.96%
Shamona Creek El Sch (Downingtown)	89.02	     17.81%
East Bradford El Sch (West Chester)	87.88	     17.57%
Bradford Hgts El Sch (Downingtown)	93.10	     17.00%
East Coventry El Sch (Owen J Roberts)	72.63	     16.72%
Exton El Sch (West Chester)		87.10	     16.45%
Paradise El Sch (Pequea Valley/Lan...	82.86	     16.41%
East Pikeland El Sch (Phoenixville)	92.75	     16.28%
Hillendale El Sch (Unionville-Chadd... 100.00	     16.25%
West Vincent El Sch (Owen J Roberts)	97.10	     16.00%
Rainbow El Sch (Coatesville)		65.70	     15.64%
Pocopson El Sch (Unionville-Chadd...	97.50	     15.34%
Beaver Creek El Sch (Downingtown)	86.80	     15.31%
Chadds Ford El Sch (Unionville-Chadd...	96.20	     15.23%
East Fallowfield El Sch (Coatesville)	77.80	     15.22%
Glen Acres El Sch (West Chester)	90.70	     15.18%
Octorara El Sch				72.07	     15.17%
North Coventry El Sch (Owen J Roberts)	83.91	     15.11%
Salisbury El Sch (Pequea Valley/Lan...	73.58	     15.08%

Conclusions
As with the High School Academic Score Comparisons, we want to look at the Elementary Schools that are “most like” Octorara. Those include Salisbury Elementary (Pequea Valley), Bart-Colerain Elementary (Solanco), New Garden Elementary (Kennett), Quarryville Elementary (Solanco), and Greenwood Elementary (Kennett).

We continue to see many of the same School Districts: Solanco (Lancaster), Kennett Consolidated, and Pequea Valley (Lancaster) School Districts.

3rd Grade Reading Averages*

  • Reading Score – 86.21
  • Economically Disadvantaged – 20.47%
  • English Language Learners – 3.52%
  • Special Education – 13.75%

The 5 schools I am looking at as “most like Octorara” have scores ranging from 72.41 to 87.10. The average score of these 5 Elementary Schools is 75.85. Octorara scores a 72.07 in 3rd Grade Reading.

The “most like us” comparison doesn’t tell the full story. There are 11 schools with significantly higher (above 40%) numbers of Economically Disadvantaged. The School Districts with Elementary Schools having the highest number of Economically Disadvantaged include: Coatesville Area, Solanco (Lancaster), Kennett Consolidated, Oxford Area, Phoenixville Area, and Pequea Valley (Lancaster).

These Elementary Schools have scores ranging from 65.7 to 85.6. The average score, of these Elementary Schools, is 76.80. Octorara only scores better than 2: Rainbow Elementary (Coatesville) and Bancroft Elementary (Kennett).

* The averages contain each of the Elementary Schools within the CCIU, plus the two Lancaster County Districts noted.

One thought on “Third Grade Reading Score Comparisons

  1. Why are we not surprised.Keep throwing money at a hopeless situation.The only thing Newcome has done is increase the amount of school buildings along with the amount of taxes.Do we really need someone with his salary to spend this kind of money ,anyone could have done this you do not need a phd to spend money.He also had help from the school board.

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