Public education in Pennsylvania

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K-12 Education in Pennsylvania
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Education facts
State Superintendent: Carolyn Dumaresq
Number of students: 1,771,395[1]
Number of teachers: 124,646
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:14.2
Number of school districts: 784
Number of schools: 3,181
Graduation rate: 84%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $13,467[3]
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Note: The statistics on this page are mainly from government sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Education Statistics. Figures given are the most recent as of June 2014, with school years noted in the text or footnotes.
The Pennsylvania public school system (prekindergarten-grade 12) operates within districts governed by locally elected school boards and superintendents. In 2012 Pennsylvania had 1,771,395 students enrolled in a total of 3,181 schools in 784 school districts. There were 124,646 teachers in the public schools, or roughly one teacher for every 14 students, compared to the national average of 1:16. There is roughly one administrator for every 335 students, compared to the national average of one administrator for every 295 students.[4] On average Pennsylvania spent $13,467 per pupil in 2011, which ranks it 11th highest in the nation. The state's graduation rate was 84 percent in 2012.[5]

State agencies

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The mission statement of the Pennsylvania Department of Education reads:[6]
The mission of the department is to academically prepare children and adults to succeed as productive citizens. The department seeks to ensure that the technical support, resources and opportunities are in place for all students, whether children or adults, to receive a high quality education.[7]

The Secretary of Education is the chief administrative official of the state Department of Education. The Secretary of Education is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state senate. The current officeholder is Carolyn Dumaresq.[8]

The Pennsylvania State Board of Education is the state's education policymaking body. The board is comprised of 21 members, making it the nation's largest such board. Of the board's 21 members, 17 are nominated by the governor and confirmed by the state senate. The remaining four members are members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly (the majority and minority chairs of the house and senate education committees. The Secretary of Education serves as a non-voting member of the board.[9]

Common Core

Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. The Pennsylvania State Board of Education adopted the standards on July 2, 2010. Full implementation took place during the 2013-2014 academic year.[10][11]

Regional comparison

See also: General comparison table for education statistics in the 50 states
See also: Education spending per pupil in all 50 states

The following chart shows how Pennsylvania compares to three neighboring states with respect to number of students, schools, the number of teachers per pupil, and the number of administrators per pupil. Further comparisons between these states with respect to performance and financial information are given in other sections of this page.

Regional comparison
State Schools Districts Students Teachers Teacher/pupil ratio Administrator/pupil ratio Per pupil spending
Pennsylvania 3,181 784 1,771,395 124,646 1:14.2 1:334.6 $13,467
Maryland 1,451 25 854,086 57,589 1:14.8 1:238.8 $13,871
New York 4,752 923 2,704,718 209,527 1:12.9 1:293.2 $19,076
Ohio 3,714 1,079 1,740,030 107,972 1:16.1 1:328.6 $11,223
United States 98,328 17,992 49,521,669 3,103,263 16 295.2 $10,994
Sources: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey", 2011-12 v.1a.

National Center for Education Statistics, Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12
U.S. Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011,Governments Division Reports," issued May 2013

Demographics

See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Pennsylvania as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.[12]

Demographic information for Pennsylvania's K-12 public school system
Ethnicity Students State Percentage United States Percentage**
American Indian 2,832 0.16% 1.10%
Asian 57,681 3.26% 4.68%
African American 271,598 15.33% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. students 997 0.06% 0.42%
Hispanic 153,519 8.67% 24.37%
White 1,251,083 70.63% 51.21%
Two or more 33,685 1.90% 2.54%
**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.

Enrollments by region type

See also: Student distribution by region type in the U.S.

A plurality of students in Pennsylvania attend suburban schools. Approximately 65 percent of the state's students attend city or suburban schools, compared to approximately 35 percent who attend rural or town schools.

Student distribution by region type, 2011 - 2012 (as percents)
State City schools Suburban schools Town schools Rural schools
Pennsylvania 19.2% 45.7% 12.1% 23%
Maryland 16.9% 59.9% 5.3% 18%
New York 44.1% 35.3% 7.3% 13.2%
Ohio 19.7% 39.6% 13.5% 27.3%
U.S. average 28.9% 34% 11.6% 25.4%
Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD)

Academic performance

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NAEP scores

See also: NAEP scores by state

The National Center for Education Statistics provides state-by-state data on student achievement levels in mathematics and reading in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Compared to three neighboring states (Maryland, New York, and Ohio), Pennsylvania has the highest share of eighth grade students who scored at or above proficient in math.[13]

Percent of students scoring at or above proficient, 2012-2013
Math - Grade 4 Math - Grade 8 Reading - Grade 4 Reading - Grade 8
Pennsylvania 44 42 40 42
Maryland 47 37 45 42
New York 40 32 37 35
Ohio 48 40 37 39
U.S. average 41 34 34 34
Source: United States Department of Education, ED Data Express, "State Tables," accessed May 13, 2014
NAEP assessment data for all students 2012-2013

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Graduation, ACT and SAT scores

See also: Graduation rates by groups in state
See also: ACT and SAT scores in the U.S.

The following table shows the graduation rates and average composite ACT and SAT scores for Pennsylvania and surrounding states.[13][14][15]

Comparison table for graduation rates and test scores*
State Graduation rate, 2012 Average ACT Composite, 2012 Average SAT Composite, 2013
Percent Quintile ranking** Score Participation rate Score Participation rate
Pennsylvania 84% Second 22.4 18% 1,480 71%
Maryland 84% Second 22.1 21% 1,483 73%
New York 77% Fourth 23.3 29% 1,463 76%
Ohio 81% Third 21.8 71% 1,635 17%
U.S. average 80% 21.1 1,498
*Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Rate (except for Idaho, Kentucky, Oklahoma, which did not report “Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate,” but instead used their own method of calculation).
**Graduation rates for states in the first quintile ranked in the top 20 percent nationally. Similarly, graduation rates for states in the fifth quintile ranked in the bottom 20 percent nationally.
Source: United States Department of Education, ED Data Express

Dropout rate

See also: Public high school dropout rates by state for a full comparison of dropout rates by group in all states

The high school event dropout rate indicates the proportion of students who were enrolled at some time during the school year and were expected to be enrolled in grades 9–12 in the following school year but were not enrolled by October 1 of the following school year. Students who have graduated, transferred to another school, died, moved to another country, or who are out of school due to illness are not considered dropouts. The average public high school event dropout rate for the United States remained constant at 3.3 percent for both SY 2010–11 and SY 2011–12. The event dropout rate for Pennsylvania was lower than the national average at 2.2 percent in the 2010-2011 school year, and 2.8 percent in the 2011-2012 school year.[16]

Educational choice options

See also: School choice in Pennsylvania

School choice options in Pennsylvania include: charter schools, school choice tax incentive programs, an intra-district open enrollment policy and online learning programs. In addition, about 13.47 percent of school age children in the state attended private schools in the 2011-12 academic year, and an estimated 2.67 percent were homeschooled in 2012-13.

Education funding and expenditures

See also: Pennsylvania state budget
Breakdown of expenditures by function in FY 2012.
Source: National Association of State Budget Officers

According to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), the state spent approximately 18.4 percent of its fiscal year 2012 budget on elementary and secondary education. As a share of the budget, this is down one percentage point, or 5.2 percent, from fiscal year 2008, when the state spent 19.4 percent of its budget on elementary and secondary education.[17][18][19][20][21]

Comparison of financial figures for school systems
State Percent of budget (2012) Per pupil spending (2011) Revenue sources (2011)
Percent federal funds Percent state funds Percent local funds
Pennsylvania 18.4% $13,467 12.74% 34.2% 53.06%
Maryland 19.5% $13,871 9.35% 40.99% 49.67%
New York 19.8% $19,076 8.9% 40.27% 50.82%
Ohio 20.6% $11,223 11.65% 44.31% 44.04%
Sources: NASBO, "State Expenditure Report," Table 8: Elementary and Secondary Education Expenditures As a Percent of Total Expenditures
U.S. Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011,Governments Division Reports," issued May 2013

Revenue breakdowns

See also: Public school system revenues in the U.S.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, public school system revenues in Pennsylvania totaled approximately $27.2 billion in fiscal year 2011. The table and chart below present further detail, including revenue sources, for Pennsylvania and surrounding states.[22]

Revenues by source, FY 2011 (amounts in thousands)
Federal revenue State revenue Local revenue Total revenue
Pennsylvania $3,469,273 $9,309,365 $14,444,802 $27,223,440
Maryland $1,255,964 $5,508,339 $6,674,775 $13,439,078
New York $5,127,425 $23,189,453 $29,266,236 $57,583,114
Ohio $2,762,051 $10,510,451 $10,446,108 $23,718,610
U.S. total $74,943,767 $267,762,416 $264,550,594 $607,256,777
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Public school revenues by source, FY 2011 (as percents)

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Expenditure breakdowns

See also: Public school system expenditures in the U.S.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, public school system expenditures in Pennsylvania totaled approximately $27.3 billion in fiscal year 2011. The table and chart below present further detail, including expenditure types, for Pennsylvania and surrounding states.[22]

Expenditures by type, FY 2011 (amounts in thousands)
Current expenditures** Capital outlay Other*** Total expenditures
Pennsylvania $23,541,287 $2,269,812 $1,477,788 $27,288,887
Maryland $11,818,032 $989,839 $185,991 $12,993,862
New York $51,203,701 $4,655,961 $2,680,715 $58,540,377
Ohio $19,673,291 $2,516,739 $1,068,376 $23,258,406
U.S. total $520,577,893 $52,984,139 $29,581,293 $603,143,325
**Funds spent operating local public schools and local education agencies, including such expenses as salaries for school personnel, student transportation, school books and materials, and energy costs, but excluding capital outlay, interest on school debt, payments to private schools, and payments to public charter schools.
***Includes payments to state and local governments, payments to private schools, interest on school system indebtedness, and nonelementary-secondary expenditures, such as adult education and community services expenditures.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Public school expenditures, FY 2011 (as percents)

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Personnel salaries

See also: Public school teacher salaries in the U.S.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average national salary for classroom teachers in public elementary and secondary schools has declined by 1.3 percent from the 1999-2000 school year to the 2012-2013 school year. During the same period in Pennsylvania, the average salary decreased by 3.8 percent.[23]

Estimated average salaries for teachers (in constant dollars**)
1999-2000 2009-2010 2011-2012 2012-2013 Percent difference
Pennsylvania $66,035 $63,146 $62,965 $63,521 -3.8%
Maryland $60,196 $68,285 $64,693 $65,265 8.4%
New York $69,723 $76,464 $74,620 $75,279 8%
Ohio $56,626 $59,732 $57,659 $58,092 2.6%
U.S. average $57,133 $58,925 $56,340 $56,383 -1.3%
**"Constant dollars based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, adjusted to a school-year basis. The CPI does not account for differences in inflation rates from state to state."

Organizations

Unions

In 2012 the Fordham Institute and Education Reform Now assessed the power and influence of state teacher unions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Their rankings were based on 37 different variables in five broad areas, including: resources and membership, involvement in politics, scope of bargaining, state policies and perceived influence. Pennsylvania ranked fourth overall, or "strongest," which was in the first of five tiers.[24]

Education ballot measures

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Studies and reports

State Budget Solutions education study

See also: State spending on education v. academic performance (2012)

State Budget Solutions examined national trends in education from 2009 to 2011, including state-by-state analysis of education spending, graduation rates, and average ACT scores. The study showed that the states which spent the most did not have the highest average ACT test scores, nor did they have the highest average graduation rates. A summary of the study is available here. The full report can be accessed here.

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References

  1. National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
  2. ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD); Table 2.—Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011-12," accessed May 12, 2014
  5. United States Department of Education, "ED Data Express," accessed May 12, 2014
  6. Pennsylvania Department of Education, "About PDE," accessed June 4, 2014
  7. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  8. Pennsylvania Department of Education, "About Secretary Dumaresq," accessed June 4, 2014
  9. Pennsylvania Department of Education, "Pennsylvania State Board of Education," accessed June 4, 2014
  10. Common Core State Standards Initiative, "Core Standards in your State," accessed June 12, 2014
  11. Pennsylvania Department of Education, "PA Core Standards Implementation," accessed June 17, 2014
  12. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 United States Department of Education, ED Data Express, "State Tables," accessed May 13, 2014
  14. ACT, "2012 ACT National and State Scores," accessed May 13, 2014
  15. Commonwealth Foundation, "SAT Scores by State 2013," October 10, 2013
  16. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Dropout and Graduation Rate Data File, School Year 2010-11, Provision Version 1a and School Year 2011-12, Preliminary Version 1a," accessed May 13, 2014
  17. National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditure Report, 2011-2013," accessed February 21, 2014
  18. National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditure Report, 2009-2011," accessed February 24, 2014
  19. National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditures Report, 2010-2012," accessed February 24, 2014
  20. National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditure Report, 2009," accessed February 24, 2014
  21. National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditure Report, 2008," accessed February 24, 2014
  22. 22.0 22.1 United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts: School Year 2010–11," accessed May 13, 2014
  23. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 211.60. Estimated average annual salary of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools, by state: Selected years, 1969-70 through 2012-13," accessed May 13, 2014
  24. Thomas E Fordham Institute, " How Strong Are U.S. Teacher Unions? A State-By-State Comparison," October 29, 2012