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Cottonwood Creek Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 411 students

 
 

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5 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted September 6, 2013

I am thoroughly impressed with how clean this school is and how disciplined the students are! The teachers seem more than qualified and the security of the school is the best that I've seen so far!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2012

Cottonwood Elementary is a wonderful school! Their academics and quality of teachers are exceptional! I can not speak highly enough of the unique family like enviornment Cottonwood provided for my children. Cottonwood has helped my children strive to reach for their full potential and have held them to high standards of academic excellence while keeping them motivated towards obtaining outstanding goals.. I give this school an A+!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2012

This school has AMAZING teachers that are truly dedicated and passionate about their students. They pride themselves on high curriculum standards and encourage all students in positive ways to strive to be the BEST COUGAR possible. We've had 2 boys attend Cottonwood and deep down, they will ALWAYS be a COUGAR. We couldn't be happier and you won't be disappointed if Cottonwood is your choice. The 3rd- 5th graders will be learning with IPADS this coming Fall so Cottonwood is now known as an ACTION school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

Our daughter started out with reading difficultys when we moved here from Oregon. This last ending of the school year she was awarded the AR reader of the year. They really embraced her and that she had difficultys and worked with her to where now she does unbelievable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

Cottonwood Creek Elementary has excellent staff that truly care and connect with not only your children, but the entire family. They are energetic and enthusiastic about learning. I absolutely love their reading and phonics curriculum. I cannot say enough great things about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2010

This is an excellent school. Consistent high expectations and a caring staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2008

The teachers, support staff and parents thrive on the challenges faced with the education, entertaining, and safety of all the students at Cottonwood. Music, athletics to drama and art clubs. You will find what your child is eager to participate at this school with the best coaches and instructors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2007

Cottonwood is simply the best. Support staff, educators and parents combine to form a harmious and caring environment for children. It is wonderful to be a part of such a community focused school.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
94%

2008

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2011.

62 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
92%

2008

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2011.

62 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
91%

2008

 
 
92%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
91%

2008

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2011.

72 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
92%

2008

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

70 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
58%

2008

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 76% in 2011.

72 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
92%

2008

 
 
91%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
94%

2008

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2011.

76 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
92%

2008

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2011.

75 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
90%

2008

 
 
>95%
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 Students85%
Female81%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students94%
Female>=90%
Male>=90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American>=60%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged>=90%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students89%
Female89%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American>=60%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities94%
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 Students84%
Female83%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American70%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities<=40%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female80%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American70%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities<=40%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students66%
Female59%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American40%
White74%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities<=40%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students83%
Female80%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American70%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities<=40%
Students without disabilities91%
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 Students83%
Female87%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities<=25%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female>=90%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students83%
Female87%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities87%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 8% 23%
Black 2% 4%
Hispanic 2% 6%
Two or more races 2% 7%
Asian 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28%N/A38%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Wasilla, AK 99654
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