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John Shaw Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 387 students

 

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Posted November 15, 2013

In kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades my children loved going to Shaw. The teachers are amazing, the facility is clean and well maintained and there is always a lot of extra-curricular activities offered. When entering 3rd grade we found that one of the teachers had retired. Instead of hiring another teacher they divided her class in half and put those students in the other 2 classes. Over 30 students were stuffed into classrooms made for 24 students. With such close quarters, student behavior has become a problem and the teachers seem to do less teaching. The learning program they used for math was also changed mid-loop, so when my 3rd graders were supposed to be learning multiplication, they were back to addition and subtraction with the new program. Again, the teachers are amazing but even great teachers can only do so much. My children are now home schooled. I really loved this school, I hope the new principle is better then the last one, who was more interested in earning her next degree then actually being a principle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2013

The perfect elementary school for my daughter. The class size is small which ensured she was getting attention from teacher. The Principal was amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

My children have attended Shaw since it opened 3 years ago. My kids love going to school and have truly enjoyed all the programs and amazing staff. Carl Schleich, Principal is an energetic, positive force felt throughout the school each and every day. Thank you Shaw for giving my kids the confidence and skills to move on to middle school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

Shaw is an awesome school, that has a very dedicated staff. My children did well when they attended Shaw.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
77%

2008

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2011.

76 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
77%

2008

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2011.

76 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
79%

2008

 
 
77%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
72%

2008

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2011.

59 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
85%

2008

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

59 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
49%

2009

 
 
46%

2008

 
 
36%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 76% in 2011.

59 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
85%

2008

 
 
80%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
75%

2008

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2011.

62 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
84%

2008

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2011.

62 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
74%

2008

 
 
81%
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 Students87%
Female90%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American>=80%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learners>=60%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female90%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American73%
White86%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learners57%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students82%
Female90%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American73%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learners>=60%
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%
Female81%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American>=60%
White82%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female74%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American>=60%
White76%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students51%
Female45%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American57%
White48%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students85%
Female87%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American>=60%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities67%
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 Students81%
Female69%
Male>=90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American>=75%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities<=20%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students94%
Female91%
Male>=90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American>=75%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged>=90%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students87%
Female84%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American>=75%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities50%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 12% 23%
Two or more races 2% 7%
Asian 1% 6%
Black 1% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Hispanic 1% 6%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42%N/A38%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Wasilla, AK 99687
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