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Turnagain Elementary School

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Posted September 27, 2010

My child began Kindergarten at Turnagain Elementary's Russian Immersion program this year (Fall 2010). I am very happy with his progress. He has no prior knowledge of Russian language, yet after only three days of school, was able to have a short conversation with me. I was amazed! I am further impressed by the MIR, Inc. Parent's Program at Turnagain- it's pretty much the PTA for the Russian Immersion program. The parents are very involved & have great ideas & strong motivation to share how wonderful the program is. My child loves school, and can't wait to go in the morning. I highly recommend Turnagain Elementary, especially their Russian Immersion Program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2010

I have a second grader who is in the Russian Immersion Program at Turnagain Elementary. Initially, I was hesitant to enroll my student in the Russian program as our family has no ties to the Russian culture and Turnagain is not our neighborhood school. I am now so happy we took the plunge! The school is a fantastic learning environment. The teachers and staff are wonderfully open and inviting. The PTA and MIR (Russian Parent Group) are incredibly active and have done amazing things in support of the school and students. The school boasts several computer labs and has new interactive whiteboards for teaching in many of the classrooms with a plan to get all classrooms upgraded in the near future. There are also several after-school activities to include running club, robotics club, computer club and yearbook club (just to name a few few). This is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2010

The teachers and staff are very active partcipants in all of the school activities. Great parent volunteer support as well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2010

I have 3 kids attending Turnagain Elementary School in Anchorage. We have been involved as a family in this school for over 5 years. It is a terrific positive supportive school. My kids are enrolled in the Russian Language Immersion program at this school, the first of its kind in the US. The teachers and staff are supportive of those kids learning Russian in the K-6 program as well as the students not enrolled in the language program. We have the finances personally to send our children to private school, but feel our kids are getting a top-notch quality education in a supportive environment. They are learning a 2nd language, too, which is a gift of its own. The PTA and MIR (Russian Parent group) are both great support organizations to the school and students. It's an excellent school with dedicated leaders.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 76% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students73%
Female79%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial82%
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learners62%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female86%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial91%
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learners69%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students76%
Female82%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial82%
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
English language learners69%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students75%
Female76%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female72%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students48%
Female50%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant47%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students80%
Female81%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students74%
Female75%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial46%
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Special Education with Accomodation43%

Reading

All Students77%
Female82%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial77%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Special Education with Accomodation57%

Writing

All Students72%
Female79%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial62%
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Special Education with Accomodation50%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students70%
Female79%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female82%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students70%
Female82%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 51%
Two or more races 18% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 9% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 6%
Black 4% 4%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3500 West Northern Lights Blvd
Anchorage, AK 99517
Phone: (907) 742-7200

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