Erie Vital Signs

Education: Education

The EVS Education indicators track five families of education factors dealing primarily with early childhood, primary, and secondary education. These include about 58 individual indicator series for Erie County, and more than 800 data series in total once peers are considered. The goal is to include those factors that play a key role in the quality and level of education for Erie County residents.

Most Recent Data

Of the four families of indicators and their subcategories, only one is positive, three are neutral, and four need improvement. There are clearly some bright spots where Erie County or selected school districts are doing quite well compared to the state, but overall we’re not doing as well as we might in the area of education. And since education is the foundation for our children’s whole lives, it is a crucial determinant of Erie’s future.

The Indicators

Educational Attainment

Student Achievement

Educational Spending

Early Childhood

Post-Secondary Activity

The Education Subcommittee

The Education Subcommittee is responsible for identifying the key variables for this section of Erie Vital Signs, and for reviewing and evaluating the update information before it is posted to the EVS website.


  • Dr. Jay Badams, Superintendent, Erie School District (Chair)
  • Del Birch, Vice President, Community Building, United Way of Erie County
  • Dr. Aldo Jackson, Director, Erie County Technical School
  • Joe Markewicz, Co-Project Director, Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Organizational Research & Evaluation (CORE), Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
  • Ben Pratt, Project Director, Education and Training Consortium and Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership
  • Dr. Leanne Roberts, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Education, Hafenmaier School of Education, Mercyhurst University
  • Dr. Richard Scaletta, Superintendent, General McLane School District
  • Ann Scott, Vice-president, Community Outreach, Erie Insurance
  • Teresa Szumigala, Principal - Roosevelt Middle School, Erie School District
  • Dr. Nick Viglione, CEO. Perseus House, Charter School of Excellence
  • Dr. Janice Whiteman, Director, School of Education, Gannon University

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