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Turnagain Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 459 students

 
 

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4 stars


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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 75% in 2011.

71 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
70%

2008

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2011.

71 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
74%

2008

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2011.

71 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
76%

2008

 
 
85%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 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 2011.

63 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
72%

2008

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2011.

63 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
74%

2008

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

62 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
50%

2008

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 76% in 2011.

63 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
83%

2008

 
 
68%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 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 2011.

81 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
61%

2008

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2011.

81 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
77%

2008

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2011.

81 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
74%

2008

 
 
63%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 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 2011.

49 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
66%

2009

 
 
57%

2008

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2011.

49 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
69%

2008

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

49 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
67%

2008

 
 
70%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 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 Students70%
Female67%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=60%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial53%
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learners25%
Migrant>=60%

Reading

All Students76%
Female79%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=60%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial60%
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learners33%
Migrant>=60%

Writing

All Students68%
Female70%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander57%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial53%
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learners25%
Migrant>=60%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 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%
Female87%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial58%
Native American>=60%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female74%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial58%
Native American<=40%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities<=20%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students45%
Female48%
Male42%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial33%
Native American<=40%
White56%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities<=20%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students76%
Female>=90%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial67%
Native American>=60%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 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 Students77%
Female84%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=75%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=80%
Native American>=60%
White78%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learners<=40%
Migrant>=60%

Reading

All Students82%
Female87%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=75%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=80%
Native American>=60%
White80%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learners<=40%
Migrant>=60%

Writing

All Students78%
Female89%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=75%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=80%
Native American>=60%
White80%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learners<=40%
Migrant>=60%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 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 Students86%
Female85%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=60%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=75%
Native American>=60%
White>=90%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities>=60%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Migrant>=60%

Reading

All Students86%
Female89%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=60%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=75%
Native American57%
White>=90%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged>=90%
Students with disabilities<=40%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Migrant50%

Writing

All Students86%
Female85%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=60%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=75%
Native American>=60%
White>=90%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged>=90%
Students with disabilities<=40%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Migrant>=60%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 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 59% 52%
Two or more races 17% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 8% 23%
Asian 7% 6%
Hispanic 5% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Black 2% 4%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/A38%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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

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