In 2009, the academic performance of students in the Easton Area School District was at the 32nd percentile among the 500 Pennsylvania Scale school districts (0-99; 100 is the best state)  Easton Area School District is an urban, local and rural public school district in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, USA. It is intended for the city of Easton as well as Forks, Palmer and parts of the Lower Mount Bethel Townships. Easton Area School District comprises about 28 square miles. In 2009, per capita income was $20,875, while the average family income was $53,545.  According to 2005 census data, the population was 63,195. In 2007/2008, EASD provided 9,047 students per school district to 767 teachers, 408 full-time and part-time facilitators, and 36 administrators to basic education services. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2,998 district students received free or discounted lunches in the 2007/2008 school year because of low family income.  In June 2011, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed legislation that abandoned six derogations from the Act 1 index.  Several exceptions were maintained: 1) interest and interest payments incurred before September 4, 2004 for 72-year-olds and before June 27, 2006 for non-Act 72 schools; 2) The cost of paying interest and principal on election debts; 3) costs associated with the provision of special training programs and services (beyond what is already paid for by the state); and 4) costs resulting from increases more than the index of the school`s share in payments to the PSERS (pa school staff pension fund), taking into account the contribution rate of the PSERS imposed by the State.
  Parliament also froze the amount of wages that public school districts use to calculate the 2012 pension exemption. Other wage increases cannot be used to increase the borough`s pension exception. For the 2011/2012 school year, the Easton Area School Board did not request an exception above the Act 1 index. Each year, the school committee has the option of either adopting: 1) a resolution in January certifying that taxes will not increase above their index, or 2) an interim budget in February. A school district that passes the resolution cannot ask for an exception in the referendum or ask voters to raise taxes above the inflation index. According to a state report, 247 school districts adopted a resolution for the 2011/2012 school years certifying that tax rates would not be increased beyond their index; 250 school districts have adopted an interim budget. Of the 250 school districts that adopted an interim budget, 231 adopted property tax rates above their index. Tax increases in the other 19 school districts that passed an interim budget did not exceed the school district index. Of the districts that applied for exemptions: 221 benefited from the pension exemption and 171 applied for exemption from tuition fees. Only one Commonwealth public school district applied for a waiver for the non-academic school construction project, while one of them applied for an exemption for election debt for the construction of schools.
 In 2009/2010, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provided a 5.46% increase in basic education resources to a total of $19,502,235.