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Palmer High School

Public | 9-12 | 805 students

 
 

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Posted January 29, 2014

Very positive experience with Palmer High School. Both the teachers and counselers are truly involved with student development and excellence. Tons of opportunity for student involvement in activities and athletics, as well as the International Baccalaureate program (I belive its the only one in Alaska). The school also maintains a very positive student and family culture, without some of the issues/probems of bigger schools. Have not seen any evidence of bullying or "worldly" activites from the student body. Most of the students I have interacted with seem very grounded and down to Earth. I would recommend Palmer High School to anyone PCSing or moving to the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2009

frequently changes scheduling, leaving attending students without the required classes for graduation
—Submitted by a teacher


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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 65% in 2013.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

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 64% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students75%
Female79%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American65%
White75%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrant60%
Not migrant76%
Special Education with Accomodation27%

Reading

All Students86%
Female88%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American79%
White86%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrant90%
Not migrant86%
Special Education with Accomodation53%

Writing

All Students80%
Female85%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American70%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrant70%
Not migrant81%
Special Education with Accomodation27%
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 Students78%
Female75%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American68%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female94%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American84%
White92%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students78%
Female74%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American67%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students86%
Female88%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American71%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
Special Education with Accomodation55%
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

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. 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 35% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
23%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
29%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. 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 36% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
>=60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
<=40%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American79%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%

Reading

All Students94%
Female96%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American84%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%

Writing

All Students84%
Female89%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American65%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. 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 Students24%
Femalen/a
Male29%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American<=20%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities19%
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English24%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant20%

Reading

All Students42%
Femalen/a
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English42%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant50%

Writing

All Students33%
Femalen/a
Male31%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American36%
White29%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English33%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant27%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. 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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. 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 78% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 13% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Black 2% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Two or more races 0% 8%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Palmer, AK 99645
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