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Cummings Valley Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $138,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $790.

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3 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted May 16, 2014

My daughter went all the way K-5th at CVS and I have 2 more there. I have found the teachers to be enthusiastic and my kids are scoring at the top of the advanced levels of all of their tests. Parents will have more success with their student's education if they involve themselves as much as they can, communicate with their children's teachers and read everything that comes home (which means going through backpacks), and filling in gaps when necessary. With 30+ kids in classrooms, it is hard to meet every individual need. If I feel my child needs more enrichment, I take them to educational places over the summer and go to the library. They participate in extracurricular activities like sports and music. I don't think anyone should put 100% of their child's education in one person's hands. This should be a group effort. It takes a village...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2014

I have had two children at CVS; one went all the way through and the other has been attending since T-1st and is currently in 4th grade. For the most part, my children, my wife and I have been very happy with the experience. We did have to fight to have an accelerated program provided for my older daughter and we had to request a transfer for my younger child, but overall the quality of the instruction has been excellent. The majority of the teachers are motivated, caring and talented and the administration has been at least moderately responsive to our concerns. I agree that the tendency in school districts is to focus on the lower-achieving students, which does create a vacuum in which gifted students may stagnate. However, it is the responsibility of parents to work as advocates for their childrens' education and, in the end, schools are only one part of the educational equation. Parents and students share equal responsibility for the successes, or failures, of the educational process. Parents, students, and schools working together foster positive results. Our children have thrived at CVS because of that partnership and their academic performance demonstrates that fact.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2013

The principal and the Superintendent of the Tehachapi Unified School District, lack any real concern for my student including his safety (or lack there of). I have been patient and professional in my communications with both throughout the years. They have been at times, totally non responsive and other times extremely untimely in responding. And responding is as far as it goes. Never has there been any action or effort put forth in addressing (never mind handling) any issues, including safety issues. I do not recommend sending your child to this school where he or she will l be judged, and likely mistreated and bullied at some point by staff and students. The District is in no better condition. They straight do not care. The other elementary schools are acceptable at least. If Cummings valley is the school your child is supposed to attend due to the zoning, MOVE
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2012

I tried to give this school the benefit of the doubt for 2 years, but I finally pulled my daughter out and now she is at Tompkins. The teachers have too many students to teach a quality lesson. There are some students who are mean and threatening and the principal does nothing about it. The teachers seem exhausted and unsupported and the administration could care less. The academcis are not great because the teachers teach to the children who are at a low to middle level. My daughter is very bright and shy and this school was a horrible fit for her. Tompkins is not fantastic...but at least it is better than Cummings Valley. My daughter has a wonderful teacher at Tompkins named Mrs. Coward.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

I have 2 children who have attended CVS. Hit and miss with teachers who seem to actually care about students and their performance. Never see principal. Parking is horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2010

I have two children who attend this school and it seems the school is very behind! The pick up procedure and parking for parent pick up is just a mess, not to mention I can't ever get information from your website becuase its been under construction for at least a year! I also have a child in the Golden HIlls school and when comparing each of thier work packets (from the same grade), cummings curriculum is way below Golden hills!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2008

I am a parent to 2 children at this school and am very happy with the school and teachers. We moved into this area specifically for the schools and wouldn't change our decision if we had the chance. Parents are encouraged and welcomed to get involved with their children's school activities and education. Love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

CVS is an actively involved school, with teachers who genuinely care for their students. You can usually always spot the prinicpal either in the classrooms interacting with the students or on the grounds speaking with parents and staff, always taking ideas and concerns and handling them in a timely manner. The office staff is very knowledgeable of individual students as well as general information. Safety is a great priority at this school. Teachers truly strive to educate your child, wherever your child is academically, this school will find an appropriate level and educate accordingly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

Great school, the teachers and the comunity, and parents are heavily involved in the sucess of the children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2005

My child has been a student at CVS for 6 years. I have been very happy with the school. I do see a problem arising from the District's management. It appears that decisions are being made towards building up a large reserve and not on childrens educational needs. Our school is behind in technoloical usuage for students.
—Submitted by a parent


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

This school's
API score

830

Change from
2012 to 2013

+2

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


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This school's
API score

830

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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

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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 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.
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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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
75%
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 Students66%
Females77%
Males58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
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)63%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate58%
Parent education - declined to state59%

Math

All Students71%
Females73%
Males70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate58%
Parent education - declined to state59%
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 Students57%
Females61%
Males53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disability42%
Students with no reported disability59%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate61%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)40%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state50%

Math

All Students69%
Females69%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability53%
Students with no reported disability71%
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 graduate65%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to state60%
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 Students71%
Females82%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)74%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
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 graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state73%

Math

All Students72%
Females76%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)74%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state55%
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 Students59%
Females69%
Males48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate27%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate69%
Parent education - declined to state63%

Math

All Students64%
Females64%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to state56%

Science

All Students68%
Females65%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state70%
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
White 74%
Hispanic 22%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2%
Asian 1%
Black 1%
Two or more races 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/AN/A
English language learners 5%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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Tehachapi, CA 93561
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