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Marshall Elementary School

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2011:
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Posted February 24, 2014

The principal is great! He interacts with the kids and really shows that he loves his job. He is very personal, shows concern with the kids, down to earth & approachable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2013

Marshall is a wonderful school. My kids really love this school. The teachers are great, they are doing great jobs in education their students. They are molding their students very well and PTA here is excellent in helping the school to become an excellent place for parents to trust the school in bringing their kids to be a good role model to their community. Mr. Woodward is a good principal, very accomodating, he makes sure the students are being nurtured and their needs are being met. He is concern with the students safety.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2013

Marshall is an excellent school. The teachers are so caring and really work hard to help all children succeed. Parent participation is great. The campus is nice, clean, and friendly. Marshall is a great place to be.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 8, 2012

All the staff go the extra mile for all the students. For being a little Title 1 school, the Marshall Mustang staff and student body truely are the best. It takes a village to raise a child and very proud to be a part of this village. I can only guess those with negative comments are those that are not involved with the PTA, school events, teacher communication and volunteering in the classroom. If you are on campus, build a relationship with the studends, parents and staff you will see the most important thing on everyones list is that all students succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2012

Not happy with quality of the teachers at this school or teaching tactics they are using. Schools like Marshall is the reason Castro Valley residents are not willing to pay extra money for education!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2011

Marshall School is all about CARING. The teachers and staff work together to provide a successful learning environment. We are here for each other and want to see our students excel in their academic career. GO MUSTANGS!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 11, 2009

My wife and I moved to this district without having thought about schools for our children. We were lucky as could be to have been right next to Marshall school and now have two children there. A wonderful school with involved teachers, a diverse student body, and an administration that is very supportive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2009

This is our last year at Marshall. Not very happy about the direction that the school is heading towards. I think the staff is wonderful. However, the new principal (for 2 years) has not been proactive in supporting parents. Principal lacks the personal skills with interacting with both children and parents. The principal does not follow-up on concerns that parents have. In addition, there is a lack of educational challenge for high achieving students. The focus is on the below average students pushing their API levels up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2009

We can't say enough about Marshall. The teachers are passionate about their work and very much care about the children. The Principal is wonderful, the PTA does great community events and do put a lot of time and effort, all for the children's education. Our children love going to school every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2009

Marshall is a great school. My son has attended there for the last 4 years. The staff is awesome, teachers are open to communication, office staff is friendly and helpful. The PTA cares about the students and faculty and work together to make Marshall a better learning environment for our students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2008

Marshall is a perfect example of how you should not judge a school by its API number alone. That number, while good, does not reflect the incomparable content of the education children receive at Marshall. The teachers are excellent and experienced, the prinicpal is practiced and professional, the parents are involved and interested, and the students are diverse and enthused about learning. The Marshall experience is difficult to replicate, and it helps keep generations of Castro Valley families enthused about our community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2008

When a community and a faculty work together the results are amazing. I couldn't possibly consider moving my kids to a different area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2007

Marshall is a very well rounded school. The teachers are wonderful and easy to talk to...and there is a lot of parent involvement. Marshall has great school spirit and the school really teaches my two children respect as well as encouraging great academics. The parents are also very friendly and the children there are very down to earth....that seems to be the atmosphere of Marshall. It is about academics, as it should be...but is also so much more. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2005

I am very happy with this school my child is entering third grade next year. So far all of her teachers have been friends as well as mentors, parent and principal involvment is high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2005

Great school! Great staff! Great students!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 27, 2005

Lots of parent involvement. Great community school. Focuses on also developing kids on how to treat others and themselves. Teachers are all kind and really want your kids to be successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2005

Marshall parents are more active than the average, giving the PTA a real purpose. The staff is quite bonded and dedicated to teaching the kids well. Our kindergarten experience has been stellar and Mrs. Wolf is a highly experienced, knowledgeable and disciplined teacher. The kids in our class are given every opportunity to excel. We feel quite fortunate to be a part of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2003

Marshall is a wonderful teacher. We have the best principal in Castro Valley. Mr. Croghan is extremely involved in every aspect. He is quite visable on campus and the kids adore and respect him. The teachers are great. I have been extremely pleased with every teacher that my daughter has had. The teachers dedication shows in everything that they do.


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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.

The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

881

Change from
2012 to 2013

-10

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

API Growth scores by subgroup

In addition to schoolwide API scores, each student subgroup receives an API score.
Did this school meet all the API goals for student subgroups this year?
The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

881

What is the API?
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-10

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school’s test score performance improved between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students75%
Females79%
Males70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students79%
Females79%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability80%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)81%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students58%
Females61%
Males56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability58%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students72%
Females75%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)82%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students75%
Females79%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students88%
Females88%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate85%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students81%
Females84%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students74%
Females73%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students80%
Females75%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asian85%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 37% 26%
Hispanic 29% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 19% 11%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Black 5% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Jesse Woodward
Fax number
  • (510) 247-9826

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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20111 Marshall Street
Castro Valley, CA 94546
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