Under The Alliance for Health Equity’s Community Voice Initiative, found here on our website, visitors can access data from our Community Report by category, including Health, Well-Being, Housing, Economic Revitalization, Employment, and Education. The Alliance is addressing Education through grantmaking, including the Collaborative Innovation Fund and the Well Being Fund, and other important initiatives, such as Collective Impact, Health Advocacy (education materials), and the “Let’s Talk” series.
Breaking it down further, the current Employment Report in Coatesville targets specific workforce issues in the Greater Coatesville area, such as unemployment, living wage standards, and financial literacy. To inform local residents and the public, we are shining a spotlight on some of our findings, focusing on this critical topic.
But first, consider these statistics:
National Statistics from the US Department of Education and US Department of Justice
- 5% of American adults with low literacy skills are unemployed.
- 19% of High School graduates cannot read.
- 2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade end up in jail or on welfare.
- There are 10 schools in the City of Coatesville Area School District, with approximately 5,322 students. Enrollment varies by reports, with high schools carrying the highest numbers.
- Reading test score proficiency is at 40% for elementary grades.
- There is currently a 47.4% graduation rate.
According to Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2022 Kids Count Data Book, examining state trends in child well-being and educational disparities in the United States, 60% of fourth graders in Pennsylvania are not proficient in reading.
Now, let’s take a sample look at The Alliance for Health Equity’s Current Education Report in Coatesville.
Population with at least a Bachelor’s Degree
The percentage of residents attaining at least a Bachelor’s degree varies among the cities and townships found within the Coatesville Area School District. At the high end, nearly 43% of residents in Thorndale hold at least a Bachelor’s degree. At the low end, nearly 7% of residents in Caln have obtained at least a Bachelor’s degree. These values represent the estimated percent of population 25 years and older with a Bachelor’s degree, graduate, or professional degree, between 2016-2020.
Population with at least a High School Diploma
The percentage of residents attaining at least a high school diploma varies among the cities and townships found within the Coatesville Area School District. At the high end, nearly 97% of residents in Thorndale hold at least a high school diploma. At the low end, nearly 82% of residents in Coatesville have obtained at least a high school diploma. These values represent the estimated percent of population 25 years and older with a high school diploma or greater level of education, between 2016-2020.
The Alliance for Health Equity (formerly Brandywine Health Foundation) is a philanthropic organization striving to advance a more equitable, resilient and healthy community for all residents of the Greater Coatesville area. We pursue our mission by providing grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students that address health and economic disparities and social justice. We also build partnership programs and give voice to those often left out of community solution building to improve the overall health of their communities. 100% of contributions go directly to those in need.